How the Waze community Is Supporting COVID-19 Relief

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak around the globe, Waze has activated its community and network of partners across its Volunteer CommunitiesWaze for Cities programs, and more, to support crisis response. 
Our data shows that across the world, most countries have dramatically stopped driving. Globally, Waze users are driving 60% fewer miles compared to the February daily average for a two-week period (2/11/2020-2/25/2020). 

In Canada, Waze users are driving 41% fewer kilometres than the February daily average. Since the Canada-U.S. border closed to non-essential travel on March 18, traffic is down 66% from the February daily average. Major Canadian cities are also showing decreases in kilometres driven. 

Since February 26:

  • Vancouver: -45% 
  • Calgary: -37%
  • Toronto: -41%
  • Montreal: -45%

Since each city declared a state of emergency:

  • Vancouver: -70% (March 19, 2020)
  • Calgary: -60% (March 15, 2020)
  • Toronto: -70% (March 23, 2020)
  • Montreal: -77% (March 27, 2020)

Despite the overall decrease in number of people on the road, there are still essential journeys that need to be made every day. We believe our data can help users plan their drives more effectively. To support this:

  • Waze Map Editors and Waze Crisis Response team are currently supporting 58 countries (and counting) with region-specific relief efforts including road closures, red zones, and more.
  • Waze has launched a COVID-19 Landing Page asking governments around the world to contribute data on medical testing centre and emergency food distribution centre locations to help improve our maps for users.
  • Waze has quickly rolled out support for drive-throughs and curbside pickup to help provide our users with minimal contact access to our partners products, such as food and other essentials, while remaining compliant with social distancing guidelines with new Location Personalities badges and search features.

For more information on this campaign, please visit the Waze blog or view the data landing page here.

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