Waze, the maps and navigation app acquired by Google last year, today gets an update that introduces a few new features to help improve navigation through user feedback.
First up, the app will now automatically remember and save where you park when using it to navigate to your destination: ”Your parking location will be saved automatically. Plus, you’ll help Waze learn where to find parking & how much time to account.”
Other new features included in today’s version 3.9 update: the ability to “easily add or edit places, business or residential” as well options for adding arrival photos and driving info for specific destinations. In addition, the update adds search autocomplete worldwide for all users.
The Waze app is available now on iPhone and iPad for free.
What’s New in Version 3.9
Version 3.9 introduces Waze Places! Help make information on local places fresh & accurate for everyone.
– Easily add or edit places, business or residential
– Add driving related info like if a place has a parking lot or drive-thru
– Add arrival photos to help others find a place at any time
– Drive with Waze until you park: your parking location will be saved automatically. Plus, you’ll help Waze learn where to find parking & how much time to account
– Search autocomplete added worldwide
– Multiple bug fixes and optimizations
FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.
Headline should read: “Google now remembers where you park. Forever.”
How do you check where you last park from waze?
Anyone? How do I check where you last parked with Waze?
Waze has to be the worst navigation app out there.
The idea of relying on other drivers for information means the app has too min info that is wrong.
I tried it for two months then ditched it.
When you are saying something is bad, which mean you know something is better – comparison.
Why don’t you just tell us what you are using? And how good is that?
Completely disagree with Herb, I love this app – especially in the states where there are many users, it is very helpful, people send in information about police, accidents, roadwork etc…the more users, the better it helps you in traffic…go get it :)
I agree with you, Martin. Waze is the only Google-owned app I regularly use, and while I’m not wild about what Google does/might do with my information, I don’t know of any other app that crowdsources traffic and road reports as well.
Exactly, just like how BT works.
Now if Waze can only remember where I left my keys.
Google is now tracking you 100% no screat no hiding lol
To be honest, I really don’t mind, I am not doing anything bad, why I have to worry?
My issue isn’t whether the app works, it’s the concept of relying on people who should be focused on driving providing information of dubious accuracy and value.
Yes, the app says drivers shouldn’t input info but, since you can identify the app ‘ s users you can easily see which are solo drivers.
If the guy next to you is a lousy driver do you really want to rely on him for information?
In the time that I used this app there were none (zero) alerts that were accurate. None. Some didnt exist at all, others
were on adjacent roads or on the opposite side of divided freeways.
What’s next, crowdsourcing health information?
Where you live could have something to do with your experience. I live in Baltimore and commute to DC and this area seems to be the Waze capital of the US. It works near perfectly. I certainly get a few reports that are inaccurate, but that is not always the fault of bad users. Cars move. So a vehicle on the side of the road or a cop taking radar can get up and go at anytime. Waze doesn’t let any schmoe report either. A user’s reports can only be seen once they gain credibility.
This app is easily the most accurate in time prediction and routing. On a rainy day, I may be 15 minutes later to work. The rest of my coworkers who refuse to use it are 30-45 minutes later. It makes a big difference when traffic is jammed around here. And probably the most useful for me, I haven’t had a single speeding ticket since I started using it, and that goes for traffic cameras too. Waze is better than any radar detector ever made.
This was my experience in Florida as well, I think twice out of 20 warnings about police, they had left the area and we could just press NOT THERE and they would dissapear for the next wazer :)
I was forced to use the Waze app on my iPhone to navigate across the state when my Garmin Nuvi GPS went sideways. While it was more cumbersome to reference, and had a smaller display, I found its ability to rapidly locate points of interest like hotels, restaurants, and golf courses to be far superior to my regular GPS. When I’m driving solo, I ignore the alerts as a potentially dangerous distraction.
All in all, Waze is a decent alternative to my Garmin under the right circumstances.
Please stop telling me where I parked 3 weeks ago. Just start the map where I am now.