Waze Driver Satisfaction survey named the best and worst cities for drivers. For the second time, Greensboro, NC came in first place as the most satisfying drive in the United States and Honolulu, HI has the least satisfying drive in the States .
The Worst American Cities to Drive:
- San Diego
- Los Angeles
The Best U.S. Cities to Drive:
- Grand Rapids
- St. Louis
The Best Countries to Drive:
- The Netherlands
- The United States
- The Chzech Republic.
Portable Bluetooth Beacon Project
Often while driving in cars, the GPS signal can be lost, especially in tunnels. Waze is implementing Waze Beacon program to enable navigation in tunnels. Installed on tunnel walls, Waze Beacons are, battery operated, low-energy “microcontrollers” with Waze configurations – that transmit messages directly to a smartphone allowing Waze or other navigation providers to offer real-time routes and alerts.
Waze worked with Bluvision to create custom beacon hardware designed to suit moving vehicles and tunnel location challenges. Waze claims it is the first navigation app to accurately route drivers, in real-time, as they navigate through tunnels where Waze Beacons are installed.
The Waze Beacons Program has four pilot partners including three Waze Connected Citizens municipal partners: PennDOT (Pittsburgh, PA); Sanef (Paris); and Rio de Janeiro COR with partner CET-Rio. The fourth partner is Carmelton (Haifa, Israel).
If Waze drivers want to get a signal from the beacons, they turn on smartphone Bluetooth functionality within Waze Beacons-supported tunnels and then they will not miss an in-tunnel exit again.
Speed Limit Notifications for Back-to-School
The Waze Speed Limit feature helps drivers avoid tickets and drive safer by letting you know when you’re going over the legal limit. It’s especially helpful during the back-to-school months when some speed limits on school routes change to keep kids safe.
INRIX parking lot information is now incorporated into Waze. The collaboration between the two companies extends smart driver services from INRIX to more drivers through the Waze app to further improve urban mobility.
Available as a feature on Android and iOS, Waze recently introduced its first “where to park” feature, which suggests parking lots closest to a destination and allows users to navigate there directly. Also, 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. INRIX parking data adds to the Waze database, comprised of parking lots sourced by the Waze community and other companies.
Waze recently announced the Waze Global Event Partner Program which will help partners outsmart event-related traffic and better communicate road information with attendees and the broader community.