Tools You Can Use: Waze

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“Trust in Waze”

That’s the mantra of my coworkers and me, most of whom use Waze as their primary navigation app.

We use it because our work often has us driving across town to facilitate training sessions and our punctuality is important. There’s just something about Waze that seems to get you around traffic, or at the very least, provides an incredibly realistic picture of how long it will take you to get from point A to point B.

We “trust in Waze” because from time to time, the app will direct you to take a route that our flawed human minds think is illogical. From time to time, we listen to our brain and not our algorithmic overlords, and in the case of Waze, our brains lead us astray.

Rest assured, if you’re stuck in a particularly bad traffic situation and you’re using Waze, it’s because there probably isn’t a better way around it.

Waze is a social app AND a navigation app.

From their website:

“Get the best route, every day, with real–time help from other drivers. Waze is the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app. Join other drivers in your area who share real-time traffic and road info, saving everyone time and gas money on their daily commute.”

Video: Get To Know Waze:

Email subscribers, click here to watch the video.

Waze uses the data it collects from its users to generate real-time reports on events along your planned route, and then makes adjustments as necessary. Users contribute to the app actively by reporting incidents along the roads they are traveling, and passively through speed and location information their phone provides.

Waze comes with a small learning curve, but only because most of us have been conditioned to use the standard Apple or Google Map apps that come with our phones.

“Trust in Waze.”

It will get you where you need to get in the most efficient way possible. It will let you send an ETA to your friends and family, and that ETA will update depending on changing conditions. It will even remember where you parked.

Give it a try, and start using it to plan your routes.

“Trust in Waze,” it knows it’s way around town better than you do!

Learn more about Waze here.

 

 

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