Waze is one of my favorite navigation apps. It’s available for both Android and iOS, and unlike other GPS Navigation apps, it learns. Based on your driving habits and patterns Waze figures out not only where you are, but where you’re going — and automatically routes you there! When you get get in your car and open the app in the morning, Waze asks you if you’re going to work. At the end of the day Waze figures you’re heading home and routes you accordingly. That’s cool and all, but it’s not where Waze really stands out.
Waze not only learns from you, it learns from others who use the app: “Wazers”. The more people that drive the roads (with the app open, of course), the more information about those roads is collected. If there’s a slow-down, Waze knows from the Wazers stuck in the middle of it and can route other Wazers around the problem — automatically. All that happens behind the scenes.
Wazers who want to be pro-active and “social” can take a more hands-on approach: they can report things they see as they’re driving. If there is a wreck, a police trap, a vehicle on the side of the road, a construction zone, or even inclement weather, you can report it and let other Wazers know. Honestly, as amazing as all of that is, it’s nothing new: Waze has been able to do all that for quite some time.