Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Waze Rolls Out New Features to Make Navigation Less Stressful


If you’ve noticed something different with your Waze app, well, that’s because they’ve updated it with new features that are designed to anticipate and respond to users’ specific needs, enabling them to go on less stressful trips.

Here’s the rundown Waze’s new features:

#1. Trip Suggestions

Trip suggestions provide a visual overview of everything a driver needs to know minutes or hours before leaving, such as the time the trip will take and the traffic along the way. Based on trips taken in the past or recently driven to, Waze will also show personalized recommendations for drivers. This new feature will help drivers anticipate what is happening on the roads, adjust plans when there is still time to make changes, and where possible, get a little time back. 

#2. Recent Locations

Recent Locations show drivers the destinations they recently drove to. They are conveniently displayed “front and center” when drivers open the Waze app. With just one tap, drivers can start navigating.

#3. Live Map Save to App

Millions of Waze users viewing their upcoming journey each month on the Live Map using its real-time data will now be able to save their itinerary directly to their Waze app on their Android or iOS device with a single click. This provides a more seamless experience across platforms, and simplifies the process of planning a drive by finding the best route and time to leave, before even getting into the car.

#4. Quick Search

Location badges now appear under the search bar to help surface locations offering drive-through or curbside pickup even faster. In addition to finding the nearest gas station or parking lot along your route, drivers can now search other locations that reinforce social distancing too, to help support local businesses.

#5. Lane Guidelines

Lane Guidance tells drivers which lane to be in, when merging or exiting a stretch of freeway or highway. Fewer mistakes mean less stress, and safer driving - plus, the added bonus of drivers keeping their original arrival time.

#6. ETA Improvements

With more people working from home, Waze has had to keep up with drivers’ ever-changing routines, while also supporting essential workers who have been dedicated to keeping essential locations open and functioning. ETA calculations in areas where there are fewer drivers have been improved, which has been especially important in 2020 as it has been harder than ever to predict the changing flow of traffic patterns.

#7. Batman Theme

For some added fun, drivers can activate the Batman experience on Waze and choose the side of DC Super Hero or Super-Villain by selecting the iconic voice of Batman (Kevin Conroy) or The Riddler (Wally Wingert) to guide them on their own adventures. This feature is available globally in English, Spanish and Portuguese until 31 October 2020.

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