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April 23rd, 2013 at 12:07 pm

WAZE – GPS Only Better

Imagine having an app that gives you the shortest route to take on the way to your destination. Of course, we have GPS for that. Now imagine a network of people checking in to let you know what the traffic conditions are on that route, right now, as you head out.

That sounds pretty good to me. And that’s the idea behind the Social GPS app called Waze.

Face it, depending on where you live and travel to, getting there can really test your patience. Construction, accidents and everyday volume can make it more like a nightmare. Waze aims to bring some light into that dark place called the daily commute.

Simply check into the Waze app on your smartphone or tablet and input your destination. It works like any GPS navigation device but takes it to the next level.

With the Waze app open as you drive, your progress, or lack thereof, will be captured (anonymously) along with that of the other Wazers. The result is a crowdsourced traffic feed that lets you know where the pain points are. If there’s a problem, the Waze navigator will suggest an alternate route and tell you how to get to it. How helpful is that?

There are other features to the app that make it even more useful. You can use the Report menu to select preset reasons for the slowdown, be it an accident, police activity, construction or just heavy volume to let the other Wazers know why it’s taking so long. This can help you decide  whether to re-route (construction) or wait it out (accident being cleared). You can even submit a picture of the issue. Genius. No more sitting there wondering WHY you’re just sitting there!

Another nifty feature allows you to check the gas stations along the way and compare prices. Love that! And if you use the app with Facebook, Twitter or Foursquare, you can coordinate with your friends on arrival times. For a quick demo video, click here.

If you thought your current GPS was good, Waze brings in the social functions and takes it up a notch or three. Now, if it could only do the driving for you. Don’t laugh, that feature isn’t so far fetched anymore.

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