Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Waze Updates App to Support Drivers Amid the Pandemic


As the community quarantine eases up in Metro Manila and beyond, Waze is working closely with its Crisis Response team and its volunteer Map Editors to keep drivers safe in the wake of the pandemic. If you haven’t noticed, Waze comes with these new in-app features:

For the past few months, the “Luzon quarantine” notification appeared every 24 hours on the app to remind Luzon-based users of the ongoing Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). Since various areas have now relaxed the regulations to General Community Quarantine (GCQ), a “Drive only if necessary” notification will now appear on the app to remind users to “Stay safe and healthy. Follow local travel guidance and only drive if you must.”

Users can now locate the nearest store offering drive-thru and/or curbside pickups on the app. To support restaurants and other businesses, Waze began identifying places that allow drive-thrus and/or curbside pickups so that Wazers will know where they can safely get their essential items while avoiding as much contact as possible.

As more Filipinos have been helping each other in the midst of the pandemic, Waze contributes by plotting donation centers on the map. Waze now allows users to search for the nearest donation drop off center by typing “Donation center drop-off” in the destination search bar. Wazers can also choose among the other drop-off centers found in the search results.

In April, Waze added COVID-19 Reference Laboratories to its map. Waze has successfully pinned 59 reference laboratories as of date and will continue to add more as they are made available by the Department of Health.

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