Always looking for an interesting app, I somehow stumbled upon one that is very interesting indeed. Waze is a navigation app that marries nav and social in one nice little package.
With a community feel, you and your fellow “Wazers” update the goings on out on the roadways, like when there’s a disabled vehicle on the shoulder or there’s a car pulled over or just a police car watching.
Like most social networks, you can update your mood, your friends and there’s even a scoreboard for all the points you accumulate out on your travels.
It’s a cute system that works well, is user-friendly and adds an element of fun to navigation apps.
Play Store Link
Here’s the official description:
Waze is a fun, community based mapping, traffic & navigation app, 50 million strong. Join forces with other drivers nearby to outsmart traffic, save time & gas money, and improve everyone’s daily commute.
By simply driving around with Waze open, you’re already contributing tons of real-time traffic & road info to your local driving community. You can also actively report accidents, hazards, police and other events you see on the road, and get road alerts on your route too. Find the cheapest gas station along your route with community-shared fuel prices. Waze also makes it fun and simple to meet up and coordinate with friends on the road.
It’s all about contributing to and benefiting from the ‘common good’ on the road, so hop on board and get involved in your local driving community today!
✓ Live routing based on community generated, real-time traffic and road info
✓ Community contributed road alerts including accidents, hazards, police traps, road closures and more
✓ Complete voice guided navigation
✓ Automatic re-routing as conditions on the road change
✓ Learns your frequent destinations, commuting hours and preferred routes
✓ Finds the cheapest gas station along your route
✓ One tap navigation to Facebook events
✓ See Facebook friends driving to the same place
✓ Notify someone you’re on your way by sending a live ETA and a link showing you as you drive
✓ Earn points and move up the ranks in your community as you contribute road info
✓ Live maps, constantly edited and updated by Waze community map editors
Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. Waze will automatically shut down if you run it in the background and haven’t driven for a while.