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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

 

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Waze Has Some Holiday Driving Tips

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 22, 2017 by itnerd

We all have an idea of the perfect Canada Day drive: in your car, on an empty highway, with no worries in the world.

The more likely scenario will see you heading out on the long weekend with millions of other drivers who are all looking to enjoy our national holiday. On days like this, you are more likely to see more car headlights than fireworks.

To get the best route to wherever you’re driving, the makers of Waze, the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app, have given us some tips for your Canada Day trek.

Plan Your Routes and Alternative Routes

The Planned Drive feature from Waze allows users to schedule a future drive and the app will recommend when to leave, based upon how traffic is likely to affect your ETA. Once you set your trip, you’ll know when you need to leave to reach your destination. It removes the stress of when to leave before you even get in the car.

Keep an Eye on Your Gas Tank

One of the worst feelings driving is seeing your gas tank is nearly empty, in the middle of a traffic jam, miles away from an exit. If you forgot to fill up before your drive, Waze can help you fix your mistake. The Gas Stations & Prices feature gives drivers a list of gas stations near you and it will include their per-litre price.

Know What’s Happening on Your Route

Radio traffic reports just can’t keep up with the real-time updates that come with Waze. You can avoid accidents, construction and all other driving hazards with the help of the app and follow alternative routes to get you where you need to go.

Safe Driving

Waze empowers drivers to be more knowledgeable and thus safer on the road. This includes police notifications which encourage drivers to slow down.

People drive more carefully when they believe law enforcement is nearby and with Waze you can stay safe and get to where you want to go without being a speed demon.

Avoid Following the Crowd

With Canada Day falling on a Saturday, it is going to be a very heavy travel day. Past data from Waze indicates that leaving before noon the day before on Friday gives drivers the best chance to avoid traffic. If you can only leave on Saturday, leaving early in the day is the best time to go. When getting back home, avoid going later in the day on the holiday Monday when the rush home is greatest.

A holiday weekend should be a time where you’re stress free and enjoying the quality time with family and friends. These tips should help you avoid any traffic nightmares that are sure to come on Canada Day.

Tips From Waze For Your Summer Road Trip

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 12, 2017 by itnerd

Just in time for summer road trips, here’s a reminder that Waze is Canada’s most popular driving and navigation app and it boasts features that will helps get the best route.

Thanks to technology, going anywhere in the summer is easier than ever.

Waze Features:

Fellow Users Are Looking Out For You.

You never drive alone with Waze. When using the app, icons pop up when fellow Wazers note that there are traffic jams, police, or road hazards ahead. It allows a driver to plan alternate routes

Planned Drives + Waze Calendar

Waze can connect with your iPhone, Android or Google calendar to send you a push notification reminder to let you know what time to leave based on real-time traffic conditions.

Parking

Weather you’re at home or away Waze can help you find parking before you leave for your destination.

ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival)

Drivers can share ETAs with other Wazers and you don’t have to text them to let them know you’re late. People from your contact list automatically receive a text message with your estimated arrival time.

Find Gas Wherever You Are and Save When You Fill Up

Every driver has gotten into “empty tank” jams when driving in unfamiliar places. Waze solves this situation wherever you are. Under Gas Stations & Prices a list of gas stations near you will pop up and it will include the per-litre price.

Personalized Voice Recorder

Customize your drive with turn-by-turn voice prompts in your own voice. This new feature allows you to record your own directions and reports while navigating with Waze.

Check out Waze here.

Here’s Some Little-Known Hacks Within Waze

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

With hundreds of thousands of users, Waze is far-and-away Canada’s most popular driving and navigation app.

While the majority of Wazers enjoy the app’s main function – navigation from point A to point B via the best route – there are other features currently under-utilized but that can improve the daily lives of drivers. Below you will find a list of features that make the Waze experience more user-friendly.

Planned Drives + Waze Calendar

Waze can connect with your iPhone, Android or Google calendar to send you a push notification reminder to let you know what time to leave based on real-time traffic conditions. Simply open the Menu => Planned drives => add a drive => search for your destination and select the time and date you need to arrive by and then hit Save. To sync this feature with your calendar, simply open Menu => Planned drives => Sync Calendar events.

Parking

Waze can help you find parking before you leave for your destination. Once you’ve planned a drive, simply tap the three dots beside the destination and select Find parking. Parking lots near your destination will appear.

ETA

The Waze app is all about empowering the driving community to connect with one another, while keeping safety as the top priority. Sharing ETAs with other Wazers prevents drivers from being tempted to use their smartphone to text while driving. To share your ETA with friends, simply tap the three dots beside your destination before you start driving. You will need to sync Waze to your mobile number via a text verification, and allow the app to access your contacts. Once setup, you can simply select “send” by tapping the three dots beside your destination and choosing who from your contact list you want to share your ETA with. They will automatically receive a text message with your estimated arrival time, eliminating the temptation to text and drive when unexpected delays hit.

Display & map

Waze takes a lot of pride in its cool turquoise branding, but recognizes that that colour scheme isn’t friendly to all eyes at all times of day. By selecting Display & map under Settings, Wazers can choose if they wish to view the map in day mode or night mode, and can select whether or not to display the map editors under “Map color scheme”.

Voice

Under Settings => Voice directions, Wazers can choose whose voice they would like to narrate the directions of their drive. Waze also currently offers voice directions in over 20 languages in addition to English. Wazers can also enjoy limited edition celebrity voices. Most recently, Dateline NBC’s Keith Morrison was added to the list of options available to drivers for a limited time.

Child Reminders

It is an unfortunate reality that children are occasionally left in the back of cars, Waze has responded to this issue by releasing Child Reminders. To access this feature, simply open Settings => General => Child reminder and select “Allow reminders.” You can also customize the message by selecting “Custom message.” This feature can be used to remind you to collect your kid, your pet, or your even your backpack from the back seat.

Spotify is now available on Waze

Posted in Commentary with tags , on March 14, 2017 by itnerd

When it comes to the perfect in-car experience, great music and easy navigation go hand in hand. That’s why, today, Waze and Spotify are launching a new partnership to bring your favourite Spotify playlists into the Waze app – making your commute, next road trip or even a traffic jam more enjoyable. Get the best directions and playlists in your car – all on the same screen.  

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Starting today, this new feature will roll out to Android users over the next few weeks. With it, you can 

  • Start navigating with Waze from within Spotify
  • Access your Spotify playlists from within Waze and easily change tracks
  • When your car is at a complete stop, easily switch between apps with one tap for an uninterrupted listening experience

Once set up, your music will play automatically when your journey begins, or you can browse your playlists when your car is at a complete stop.

 

What’s New With Waze

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 3, 2016 by itnerd

There’s a lot going on with Waze at the moment. Let me give you a quick overview. First, the Waze app has been redesigned over the last little while. Major changes include:

  • The Speed Limit feature helps you avoid tickets and drive safer by letting you know when you’re going over the legal limit.

  • With the Planned Drives feature, there’s no more stressing about when to leave the house or office. Simply enter the time and date you need to arrive and Waze will recommend the best time to head out the door.

  • Waze introduced Waze Child Reminder alerts as an added safety feature. After navigating to any destination, this customizable, opt-in alert appears at the end of your ride and reminds you to check your car before you leave the car.

  • Waze has recently introduced a “where to park” feature, which suggests parking lots closest to a destination and allows users to navigate there directly. Additionally, if a user doesn’t select a parking lot prior to arrival, Waze will give the option to select and navigate to one when approaching a final destination.

Next up is the Waze Connected Citizens Program which is a free, two-way data exchange empowering municipalities to harness real time insights to improve congestion and make better informed planning decisions. Waze has signed up the city of Montreal as partner, and there are more Canadian partners coming. You can find out more at WAZE.COM/CCP.

The Waze Global Event Partner Program helps stadiums, marathons and event organizers worldwide outsmart event-related traffic and better communicate road information with its attendees and broader community. Recently, the Vancouver Rock ‘n Roll Marathon became the first Canadian event to be part of the program.

Another development for Waze is Waze Beacons. This is the first scalable, affordable solution to power seamless navigation underground. You can find Waze beacons in Paris, Pittsburgh, Rio de Janeiro, Carmel with more cities to come. One thing to note is that this is an open platform that anyone can use.

Finally, in case you have wondered how good or bad traffic is wherever you live, there’s the Waze Driver Satisfaction Index. Here’s where Canada stacks up:

  • Canada: 16 out of 38 countries
  • Montreal: 84 out of 186 locations
  • Vancouver: 103 out of 186 locations
  • Toronto: 116 out of 186 locations

Seeing as I live in Toronto, it is not surprising that Toronto has the worst traffic in Canada.

Here’s a quick list of what is coming next from Waze:

  • Connected Citizens Program Announcements
  • Winter Driving Tips & How Waze Helps in a Crisis (Blizzard)
  • Christmas Driving Insights
  • New Year’s Driving Insights
  • New Features & Program Announcements

Stay tuned for what’s coming next from Waze.

 

Montréal joins Waze Connected Citizens Program

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 23, 2016 by itnerd

The City of Montreal announced that it will be joining the Waze Connected Citizens Program helping fuel the city’s Urban Mobility Management Centre.  Montreal is the first city in Canada to join the CCP and the 64 globally.

Waze will provide Montréal with real-time, anonymous, Waze-generated incident and slow-down information directly from the source: drivers themselves.

The agreement calls for two-way data sharing of publicly available traffic information within Ville-Marie borough using Waze.

Highlights include:

  • Waze has more than 103, 000 monthly active users in Montréal who more than 19 million kilometres each month with the app
  • The Waze Connected Citizens Program gives municipal leaders an unprecedented look at real-time road activity, empowering decisions that achieve concrete community impact
  • This project is one of 70 projects in the ‘Montréal l, Smart and Digital City Action Play.’

To learn more about CCP – https://www.waze.com/ccp