Today we thought we would spotlight this AWESOME app because we just started using it and love it. We were driving to Lake McQueeny and Christa was using a regular map app and I was using the Waze app. We got separated and she ended up on I-10 by a really bad car fire. They were stuck in traffic and told me to find another route. I happily used my Waze app to find another way to go. I told Christa about this app and she downloaded it while she was stuck in standstill traffic. Christa could see smoke from a fire but was not close enough to see it first hand. A Waze user was closer to the accident and posted pictures of the car fire and explained what was going on. The Waze app is the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app. The premise is that other drivers around you alert you to wrecks, cops, hazards, and other problems found on the road. Waze was developed in Israel, funded by early-stage American venture capital firm Bluerun Ventures, and was acquired by Google in 2013. When Waze was purchased by Google for over a billion dollars, all 100 Waze employees received over a million dollars each.
While I was driving to Lake McQueen, I loved that a voice would tell me, “beware, police officer ahead”. I also liked that when we were stuck in traffic I could look at the posts from other people in front of me who were using Waze and know what the problem was. It didn’t necessarily make the waiting better, but at least I knew what was going on.
There has been criticism of Waze because neighborhoods don’t appreciate higher volumes of traffic due to Waze drivers cutting through and shortening their work commutes. Some people have tried to shut Waze down, but ultimately the courts have ruled that roads are public domains that everyone has the right to use. One of my friends told me that her husband used it for the first time a few weeks ago and it cut his commute down by 30 minutes!!!!
So there you have it, the Waze app. Such a great idea!
My first question to you, if you haven’t used Waze, do you think you might try it?
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