Free traffic conditions smartphone application (Waze)

justsomeaussie 6 July 2011 5

Thought I would give this smartphone application a plug for Canberra people. It’s been mentioned on RiotACT before and now it’s gaining a lot of momentum. It’s called “Waze”.

It’s a free app for smartphones that is more like a gps Wikipedia/social media than a navigation device. There is a group called “ACT Wazers” which allows for real time reporting of Canberra traffic conditions.

The way it works is that the application reports the road conditions (mostly speed) to everyone in the same group. It does this by knowing what speed past users have driven on that road.

Like any social media it relies on users generating the content (traffic conditions). So just by having it on while you drive allows other users to be aware of in the traffic conditions on the road you are on. From there you can also report road works, traffic jams, hazards etc which all can go out to the ACT Wazers group.

There are currently 80 Waze users in the ACT group. Each generating traffic conditions as long as the application is on.

For advanced users you can start to build new roads, landmarks on the map and getting into defining your community. This is where the analogy to Wikipedia is, Waze is only as good as the content the users put into it and the more users using it, the more accurate the service is.

I’m in no way affiliated with the software other than just being a user, it’s just a simple tool that helps my long drive to work.

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5 Responses to Free traffic conditions smartphone application (Waze)
justsomeaussie justsomeaussie 10:47 pm 06 Jul 11

You’ll need to enter your work and home locations. From there it will work out the routes and will prompt you if it thinks you are driving to work or home in the future. It can get a little addictive as the mapping part can be interesting but challenging to learn all the tricks when editing on your home web browser.

LSWCHP LSWCHP 10:13 pm 06 Jul 11

I just downloaded this app and will give it a workout in the morning. It seems to run OK on my SGSII.

The suggested routes in the “Drive to work” navigation are pretty bogus, but that’s probably to be expected until it learns some more about where I live and work.

I hope nobody crashes while fumbling with their phone to log an accident. I like irony, but that would be just too much. 🙂

justsomeaussie justsomeaussie 9:55 pm 06 Jul 11

Well as of 9:50pm we now have 89 members. So it’s certainly positive to see more people joining up. Personally I’d love to see the system in taxis. Having vehicles permanently on the road would allow everyone to have real time traffic information in a lot more areas.

Gerry-Built Gerry-Built 4:24 pm 06 Jul 11

now 81 users 😉

Grail Grail 3:12 pm 06 Jul 11

I’m a Waze user too. I find it’s mostly useful as a way of determining just how full the Tuggeranong Carparkway is each morning 🙂

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