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Waze Brand Refresh To Begin Rolling Out To Users

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 29, 2020 by itnerd

Waze is welcoming drivers back on the roads with a new Moods feature to add more fun into every drive as part of its refreshed brand identity. 

New Moods capture users’ emotions. Waze hopes the update will add “humanness” to the driving experience. The initial set of Moods includes 30 emotions. Drivers in the same situation experience many different emotions. Moods will help capture those feelings, and serve as a reminder of the different types of people we share the road with. 

The new brand identity includes a grid system, which brings to mind the in-between spaces on the map, where streets aren’t. The brand refresh incorporated feedback from members of the Waze community and a study conducted with 13,000 drivers.

For more details, please see this blog post by Jake Shaw:

Under the Hood: Behind the Brand Refresh

https://medium.com/waze/under-the-hood-behind-the-brand-refresh-95a4c23e42e

A New Resource From Waze: The Waze COVID-19 Impact Dashboard

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 11, 2020 by itnerd

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Waze has been tracking and sharing data related to driving around the world. In an effort to help governments — and the general public — gain more insight into local driving trends as part of their overall COVID-19 response and recovery efforts, Waze has now made its data dashboard publicly available. 

In the past, Waze have shared specific data related to Waze users in Canada and select cities including Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Quebec City and more. The data from the Waze COVID-19 Impact Dashboard is accessible for you to review and download from Waze directly by visiting https://www.waze.com/covid19. From here, you can access global, national and regional information, depending on your requirements, and can also compare various locations. 

I was playing with this earlier today and it is very interesting to manipulate this data. I am sure that this data can help businesses guide their decisions, and be of interest to individuals.

Waze Helps Residents & Visitors Find Their Way Around Oxford County

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 10, 2020 by itnerd

Oxford County recently announced its partnership with Waze, helping residents and visitors better navigate roads. The county will be sharing county-led construction project and road closure information with Waze as part of the Waze for Cities program, as well as with Municipal 511. 

The Waze for Cities program enables cities to use Waze’s data to inform mobility projects and policies, as well as share their own information about street closures or construction directly with their citizens on a daily basis. More than 1,000 cities and other public sector partners are already working with Waze to gain better data and insights, and to make their communities safer. Canada has approximately 50 partners in the program including the City of Winnipeg, City of Toronto, City of Montreal, 407ETR among other regions, cities, townships, counties, and ministries across the country.

While Oxford County is kicking off the platform use within the community for County-led construction projects and closures, other municipalities have been provided access to the Municipal 511 system and will also adopt the system over the coming months.

How the Waze community Is Supporting COVID-19 Relief

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 15, 2020 by itnerd

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.

Waze Launches Snow Warning Feature

Posted in Commentary with tags on December 13, 2019 by itnerd

Waze has announced the launch a new feature to help keep drivers safe during winter weather. Waze users globally will now be able to report, in real-time, when a road has not been plowed, and will be kept informed when they are approaching a road that has already been identified by other drivers as unplowed.

The launch of this feature is a direct result of Waze’s work with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), a Waze for Cities Data partner. With the winter season approaching, VDOT suggested that Waze create the option to better highlight snow on the road within the app. The feature will offer the Waze community of over 130 million monthly users the opportunity to be better prepared for hazardous winter weather conditions.

As a Waze for Cities Data partner, VDOT plans to monitor reports coming in from drivers this winter and determine how they can incorporate this data into their operations for the following winter.

The new feature is now available in over 185 countries where Waze is accessible, and can be found under “Hazards -> Weather -> Unploughed Road”. The feature highlights Waze’s commitment to helping its community across the globe navigate traffic through all driving conditions more efficiently and safely.

Waze for Cities Data is part of the Waze for Cities program, where partners can also access Waze Beacons, Waze Carpool, and solutions for managing communications with drivers and traffic during crisis situations and other major events like marathons, football championships and large concerts.

To find out more about Waze for Cities, visit http://waze.com/wazeforcities. To download the free Waze app for iOS or Android, visit http://www.waze.com/get.

New Voice For Turn-By-Turn Navigation Via Waze Aims To Calm Drivers This Season

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 18, 2019 by itnerd

Whether stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic or trying to avoid a roadside accident, some of the most stressful moments while driving can come from drivers’ daily commutes. Add in the hectic holiday season, that stress can multiply! However, with the help of a recently-launched feature in Waze, Canadian drivers can find some zen and a sense of revitalization when navigating to the mall for some holiday shopping, dashing through the snow to a festive party or traveling to visit family or friends this season.

In partnership with Lincoln, Waze has launched a new voice for turn-by-turn navigation, providing the first-ever navigation system that doubles as a calm and mindfulness guide. The new voice is warm, smooth and easy-going, and refreshed prompts include reminders to relax. Sample prompts include: “Ready, set, relax! And start driving,” and “Heavy traffic reported ahead. Deep breaths!”

Waze x Lincoln.jpg

Available now until December 29, Waze users can activate the new voice by going to Settings, then Voice Directions, and selecting “Lincoln Canada.”

 

Waze And Google Cloud Make It Easier For Canadian Cities To Manage Traffic

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 1, 2019 by itnerd

Waze, the platform bringing together communities on and off the road, today announced Waze for Cities Data made available on the Google Cloud Platform for ready analysis. This program allows more than 1,000 global partners to seamlessly access Waze for Cities traffic data, to review and analyze transportation patterns, and create visualizations using Google Cloud tools for the first time.

Waze for Cities Data, formerly known as Connected Citizens Program, launched in October 2014 with 10 city partners and has grown to more than 1,000 partners globally. This free, collaborative program​ ,​ leverages mobile technology and crowdsourced traffic data to empower municipalities and first responders to improve their existing city infrastructure.

With the availability of Waze’s Cities Data, Waze for Cities partners will have access to best-in-class data warehouse tool BigQuery and data visualization tool Data Studio. These tools will make the data even easier to interpret and communicate to non-technical audiences. Partners can analyze up to 1TB of data and store up to 10 GB of data for free each month. With this program, partners can also securely and privately store and analyze their own data and perform their own analytics buttressed by Waze’s Cities Data. As with all Google Cloud partners and customers, Waze for Cities partners will ​ remain in complete control of their data​ .

Any public agency is eligible to apply for the program by clicking “Apply Now” on the ​Waze for Cities homepage​. Current Waze for Cities partners will receive more information on how to integrate their existing account.

Waze Adds YouTube Music As Their Newest Audio Player Partner

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 22, 2019 by itnerd

Waze, the platform bringing together communities on and off the road, today announced YouTube Music is their newest Audio Player partner, giving drivers a new way to listen to music while safely driving.

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 Originally launched in October 2018, Waze’s full service audio player caters for every taste and genre by partnering with the world’s leading audio platforms to seamlessly deliver music, podcasts, audiobooks, news, and more. Since then, Waze users have driven almost 11 billion kilometers while listening to content from one of Waze’s Audio Player partners.  By partnering with YouTube Music, from today drivers can safely listen to their favourite albums, playlists, personalized mixes, and more from directly within the Waze app where they get their navigation directions.

YouTube Music Premium subscribers can listen on Waze by simply opening the Waze app and tapping the music note icon to select YouTube Music as their audio player. They can start enjoying audio content directly from Waze right away, including playlists, radio and more.

 Waze initially launched with seven partners: Deezer, iHeartRadio, NPR, Pandora, Scribd, Stitcher, and TuneIn joined Spotify, which has been available on Waze since March 2017. Since then, Waze has also introduced integrations with Audiobooks.com, Radio.com, Castbox and NRJ Radio, who integrated their audio experience into Waze by using the Waze Audio Kit. .

 The YouTube Music integration for Waze Audio Player will begin rolling out from today, and will be available for all users globally in the coming weeks. You can download Waze here, and to integrate your audio app with Waze, apply for the Waze Audio Kit here.

Waze Is Helping Canadian Travelers Get To Their Summer Destinations

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 30, 2019 by itnerd
Travelling to the cottage is a favourite summer pastime for Canadians, but getting there is usually time consuming, stressful and challenging because of cottage country traffic — leaving less time to unwind at the lake.
Waze, the community-based, people-powered navigation app, makes summer driving easier with features that power users find essential, but other Wazers may not be familiar with. Here are just a few of the features in the driving app that can help make your summer travels more fun:
 
Listen to music without missing your directions: Waze integrates with audio apps like Spotify, Deezer, iHeartRadio, NPR, Scribd, Stitcher and Tunin so you can jam to summer tunes within Waze, with directions cutting in seamlessly.
 
Plan your drive: Want to know how early you should leave to get to the cottage by 1 p.m.? Wherever you are planning to go, Waze can tell you what time you need to leave based on traffic. Just enter your destination, select “Later” and the time you want to arrive. Waze will indicate the time you should leave to make it with enough time to enjoy your summer getaway.
 
Find restaurants and gas stations along your journey and add them to your route:Waze can help you make detours to fuel up – either your car or yourself – without missing a beat.
 
Roadside assistance: Connect quickly to emergency and professional services without needing to fumble to find contact information, whether you need a tow truck or have a medical emergency. Simply tap on Reports within Waze to pull up the menu for Roadside Help.
 
Share your drive: If someone is expecting you or you’re in a group driving together, you can share your drive so they can keep tabs on your journey. Waze lets you share a link — via e-mail, text and other options — so anyone with the link can see your drive on the map. (You can stop sharing your drive at any time.)
 
Change the voice Waze speaks with: A new voice in the car might be just what you need to stay alert during a long drive. You can even record your own voice or that of a loved one to tell you where to go. The voice options are always changing, and sometimes include celebs (such as, most recently, DJ Khaled).
Not only is summer a great time to drive — it’s a time when Canadians are in their cars more often! Waze has found its users have different driving behaviours in the summer compared to the rest of the year as they go on vacation, driving further and visiting gas stations and restaurants more often during their journeys. In fact, in July and August they are 270 per cent more likely to navigate to a cottage/cabin, and 100 per cent more likely to navigate to a gas station, convenience store or restaurant.
Wazers also drive more in general during July and August: 14 per cent more than the rest of the year. Last August in particular, one in three Canadian Waze users traveled outside of their home city. In Canada, 71 per cent of Wazers will go on a summer vacation and 62 per cent will use their car to go on vacation.
More than just a map, Waze is truly dedicated to drivers and helps the get to their getaways quickly and safely.

Waze Serves Up Some Canada Day Driving Data

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 28, 2017 by itnerd

Waze has some interesting driver data for Canada Day. Now Canada Day will be celebrated on Saturday, July 1st this year but was celebrated on Friday in 2016 which creates the baseline average. For this reason, Thursday – Monday was selected to be studied as the holiday weekend. Whether or not the national holiday is observed on an additional week-day this year (Friday June 30th or Monday July 3rd) is unclear and therefore it might be hard to scope out traffic surges for these days.

TRAFFIC ALERT CHANGES BY METRO

Ottawa
ACCIDENT

  • increased by 150 % on Thu
  • decreased by -48.3 % on Fri

JAM

  • increased by 71.4 % on Thu
  • decreased by -78.4 % on Fri

ROAD CLOSED

  • decreased by -81.8 % on Thu
  • decreased by -54.5 % on Fri
  • decreased by -71.4 % on Sat

POLICEMAN

  • increased by 56.7 % on Sat
  • increased by 61.7 % on Sun

HAZARD

  • increased by 28.2 % on Thu
  • increased by 27.5 % on Sun

Montreal

ACCIDENT

  • increased by 62.3 % on Thu
  • decreased by -38.9 % on Fri
  • increased by 47.4 % on Mon

JAM

  • increased by 53.5 % on Thu
  • decreased by -67.1 % on Fri
  • increased by 78.7 % on Sun
  • increased by 36.9 % on Mon

POLICEMAN

  • increased by 15.4 % on Thu
  • increased by 32.6 % on Sun

HAZARD

  • increased by 17.4 % on Thu
  • decreased by -33.6 % on Fri
  • increased by 24.3 % on Sun

Vancouver

ACCIDENT

  • decreased by -55.6 % on Sat
  • decreased by -43.8 % on Sun

JAM

  • increased by 57.8 % on Thu
  • decreased by -45.7 % on Fri
  • decreased by -55.4 % on Sat

ROAD CLOSED

  • decreased by -47.1 % on Thu
  • increased by 66.7 % on Sat

POLICEMAN

  • increased by 33.3 % on Sat

HAZARD

  • increased by 54.7 % on Thu

Toronto

ACCIDENT

  • increased by 34.1 % on Thu
  • decreased by -30.6 % on Fri

JAM

  • increased by 26.3 % on Thu
  • decreased by -61.1 % on Fri
  • decreased by -37 % on Sat

ROAD CLOSED

  • decreased by -42.3 % on Fri
  • decreased by -41.9 % on Sat

POLICEMAN

  • increased by 32.2 % on Sat
  • increased by 13.7 % on Mon

HAZARD

  • decreased by -45.1 % on Fri

WORST TIMES TO DRIVE BY METRO (compared to baseline average for each day)

Ottawa

  • On Thu the worst time to drive is between 8pm and 10pm
  • On Fri the worst time to drive is between 9pm and 11pm
  • On Sat the worst time to drive is between 10am and 12pm
  • On Sun the worst time to drive is between 2pm and 4pm
  • On Mon the worst time to drive is between 1pm and 3pm

Montreal

  • On Thu the worst time to drive is between 6pm and 8pm
  • On Sun the worst time to drive is between 4pm and 6pm
  • On Mon the worst time to drive is between 3pm and 5pm

Vancouver

  • On Thu the worst time to drive is between 1pm and 3pm

Toronto

  • On Thu the worst time to drive is between 1pm and 3pm

 

WORST TIMES TO DRIVE BY METRO (amount of drivers on the road)

“Largest number” = worst time to drive

Ottawa

  • On Thu the largest number drivers are on the road between 3pm and 5pm
  • On Fri the largest number drivers are on the road between 12pm and 2pm
  • On Sat the largest number drivers are on the road between 10am and 12pm
  • On Sun the largest number drivers are on the road between 1pm and 3pm
  • On Mon the largest number drivers are on the road between 3pm and 5pm

Montreal

  • On Thu the largest number drivers are on the road between 3pm and 5pm
  • On Fri the largest number drivers are on the road between 11am and 1pm
  • On Sat the largest number drivers are on the road between 1pm and 3pm
  • On Sun the largest number drivers are on the road between 2pm and 4pm
  • On Mon the largest number drivers are on the road between 3pm and 5pm

Vancouver

  • On Thu the largest number drivers are on the road between 3pm and 5pm
  • On Fri the largest number drivers are on the road between 3pm and 5pm
  • On Sat the largest number drivers are on the road between 11am and 1pm
  • On Sun the largest number drivers are on the road between 2pm and 4pm
  • On Mon the largest number drivers are on the road between 3pm and 5pm

Toronto

  • On Thu the largest number drivers are on the road between 3pm and 5pm
  • On Fri the largest number drivers are on the road between 12pm and 2pm
  • On Sat the largest number drivers are on the road between 12pm and 2pm
  • On Sun the largest number drivers are on the road between 2pm and 4pm
  • On Mon the largest number drivers are on the road between 4pm and 6pm