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Waze is finally going to stop the suicidal left turns

By on June 19, 2016 at 9:00 AM.

Waze is finally going to stop the suicidal left turns

If you’re a regular Waze user, you’re undoubtedly familiar with the times the app has tried to kill you with an impossible left turn. All too often, the directions will ask you to turn left at an intersection where there’s no light or way to stop traffic, often encouraging people to make turns that go against all logic and self-preservation.

Waze terms these “difficult intersections,” which is a Silicon Valley euphamism if ever I’ve heard one. But at long last, Google will be making some changes to make life easier on the roads.

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Waze Ridesharing Carpool Option

Waze is testing a ridesharing program to take on Uber

By on May 16, 2016 at 4:00 PM.

Waze is testing a ridesharing program to take on Uber

Uber always calls its car-on-demand service “ridesharing,” mostly as a way to get around accusations of running an illegal taxi service. But what if an app that knew millions of people’s destinations started offering actual rideshares for cheap? Enter Google, via its insanely popular navigation app Waze.

Waze Carpool is brutally simple: anyone who wants a ride opens up the Waze Riders app (currently in an invite-only beta). They plug in their destination, and are then matched with any regular Waze user who is already going in that direction. Unlike Uber or Lyft, drivers don’t take requests — the app is the digital equivalent of carpooling to work with colleagues, not taking a taxi.

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Waze iPhone Update Expected Traffic

Waze, the world’s best navigation app, can now see the future

By on March 16, 2016 at 12:58 PM.

Waze, the world’s best navigation app, can now see the future

Google’s Waze is a handy navigation app that will tell you all you need to know about local traffic to speed up your commute while also saving you some gas money. Can this community-based traffic app get even better than it already is? The answer is yes, and a new update for the iPhone version of the app proves it.

The app now takes traffic trends into account in order to project traffic for future rides, and it will help you make sure you leave on time to take into account traffic conditions. More →

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Waze 4.0 iPhone Update Features

Best navigation app in the world gets massive update and redesign

By on October 19, 2015 at 11:44 AM.

Best navigation app in the world gets massive update and redesign

Being stuck in traffic is probably one of the most annoying things we get to relive a regular basis. Luckily, there are apps that can help us avoid traffic jams as much as possible, and one of them has just received a major update, including a new design. More →

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Stephen Colbert Waze Voice

The latest Waze update brings Stephen Colbert’s soothing voice to you daily drive

By on September 1, 2015 at 9:30 PM.

The latest Waze update brings Stephen Colbert’s soothing voice to you daily drive

Every once in a while, we’ll discuss the ongoing battle between Google Maps and Apple’s Maps app, but there’s an alternatively that many of you probably prefer. Waze is one of the best GPS apps on the market, and on Tuesday, it added a few familiar voices to its rolling selection of celebrity guests. More →

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Waze Driving Directions

Try Waze right now to hear Arnold Schwarzenegger give you driving directions

By on June 15, 2015 at 8:50 PM.

Try Waze right now to hear Arnold Schwarzenegger give you driving directions

If you use Waze to help you navigate through traffic during your commute, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to hear the voice of the Terminator greeting you today. Yes, Waze has recruited Arnold Schwarzenegger to be the voice of its mobile app in which he uses his Terminator persona to help you find the most efficient way to get to where you need to go. More →

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Waze Vs Google Maps

Waze for iPhone just got a brilliant new feature Google Maps can’t touch

By on April 2, 2015 at 9:45 AM.

Waze for iPhone just got a brilliant new feature Google Maps can’t touch

Waze is a fantastic free navigation app that uses crowd-sourced data to process and deliver real-time information about the path you’re driving. It packs a wide range of nifty features into a playful interface, and it has a social element that no other widely used navigation app can match. But since Google acquired Waze and started using some of its data in its class-leading Google Maps app, the draw for Waze has been much less compelling.

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Cops Fight Back Against Waze

Miami cops are sending fake data to Waze to stop people from knowing speed trap locations

By on February 11, 2015 at 4:05 PM.

Miami cops are sending fake data to Waze to stop people from knowing speed trap locations

In recent years, Waze has established itself as one of the most useful apps that drivers can have on their phones. The crowdsourced traffic app lets users send updates to other drivers in real time, alerting them to accidents, detours and speed traps. But police officers aren’t too happy about that last particular use. More →

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Google Maps Waze Integration

Google starts integrating Waze into Google Maps

By on August 20, 2013 at 10:50 AM.

Google starts integrating Waze into Google Maps

Unfazed by a Federal Trade Commission antitrust investigation, Google has started integrating Waze into Google Maps. The company announced on Tuesday that “users of Google Maps for Mobile will now benefit from real-time incident reports from Waze users,” meaning that “when Wazers report accidents, construction, road closures and more on Waze, the updates will also appear on the Google Maps app for Android and iOS” in several countries including the United States. Google paid just under $1 billion to acquire Waze earlier this summer with the intention of using the company’s crowd-sourced mapping information with its own Maps application. The FTC has said it may at some point stop Google from integrating Waze data into Google Maps to stop the company from having a monopoly on mobile mapping applications.

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Google Waze Acquisition Price

Google finally discloses Waze acquisition price

By on July 26, 2013 at 6:30 PM.

Google finally discloses Waze acquisition price

Google confirmed in June that it had acquired social navigation company Waze. Initial reports had suggested that Google may have paid up to $1.3 billion for the company, however the actual amount was revealed to be significantly less. The Associated Press reports that Google paid only $966 million for Waze and its team, which it plans to merge with its mapping division. It was also revealed that in the second quarter of 2013, Google acquired seven other smaller companies for a total of $53 million. Google previously said that it plans to integrate Waze’s traffic features and crowd-sourced data into its Google Maps service, while continuing to build and work with community of users that made Waze great.

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Google Waze FTC Antitrust Investigation

Google’s Waze deal comes under antitrust scrutiny

By on June 24, 2013 at 8:45 PM.

Google’s Waze deal comes under antitrust scrutiny

It hasn’t taken long for Google’s $1.1 billion acquisition of crowd-sourced mapping app Waze to come under scrutiny from the Federal Trade Commission. The Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend that the FTC is conducting an antitrust review of Google’s purchase of Waze that the company announced earlier this month. The Journal’s sources say that the FTC likely won’t ask Google to unwind the deal and will instead only try to decide whether Google should be barred from fully integrating Waze with its Google Maps service. The issue, the sources say, is “whether Waze would have become a head-to-head competitor with Google, whose Google Maps software is the dominant digital mapping and navigation service around the world, or whether there is any evidence, such as emails, that showed Google wanted to acquire the company only to keep it from rivals.”

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Google Wave Acquisition

Waze CEO on why Google bought his company: Waze is Google Search for the real world

By on June 14, 2013 at 12:30 PM.

Waze CEO on why Google bought his company: Waze is Google Search for the real world

Why was Google willing to pay what several reports claim to be $1 billion or more for Waze? According to Waze CEO Noam Bardin, the answer is simple: As important is Google’s search product is to the Internet is as important as Waze is for searching the real world. “General navigation and maps, are really the ‘search’ for mobile,” Bardin told Forbes in a previously unpublished interview from January. While his comments didn’t pertain specifically to the Google deal, of course, they relate to the value Waze has to users and, ultimately, to Google. According to Bardin’s vision, people will “use a Google search bar to scour the web today, and Waze to search the real world tomorrow.” The CEO had plenty more to say in the interview, which is linked below, and Forbes’ unnamed sources claim that the Waze deal cost Google more than $1 billion.

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Google Waze Acquisition

Google confirms Waze acquisition

By on June 11, 2013 at 12:00 PM.

Google confirms Waze acquisition

Google on Tuesday confirmed that it has acquired social navigation company Waze. Earlier reports had suggested that Google offered to pay a whopping $1.3 billion to acquire the company, reportedly beating out both Apple and Facebook. Brian McClendon, Google’s vice president of geo-products, announced that for the time being, the Waze product development team will operate separately and will not be forced to relocate to Mountain View — which was a stumbling block during the negotiations between Waze and Facebook. The company said that it plans to integrate Waze’s traffic features into Google Maps, while continuing to work with and build the “vibrant Waze community.”

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