Waze poll

Do you you Waze or not? POLL

  • I am a Waze user.

    Votes: 176 92.1%
  • I did use Waze but not anymore.

    Votes: 7 3.7%
  • I do not use Waze.

    Votes: 8 4.2%

  • Total voters
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I want to use it so I can report police and other hazards but it's been being a POS and not being able to find routes while Google Maps works just fine. I'll try an update sooner or later and see if it gets better but I've just been using YaV1 for CSA alerts instead.
 

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Yes it can be running on ones phone, what takes the big hit is reporting! It is illegal to “touch” ones phone while in the car. Can’t even touch ones phone while stopped at a traffic light to check messages (not even to just read them without replying). Cobb County Police were posing as construction workers at a traffic light intersection and handing out tickets to people for just checking when their next appointment was on their phone.

So if one doesn’t have CarPlay or Android Auto with a touch screen head unit, one is breaking the law in Georgia reporting to Waze.
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You allow to us a navigation app on your phone

www.ajc.com: Georgia’s proposed hands-free law: What would be legal?

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*Speaking or texting while using hands-free technology.

*Using a GPS system or mapping app.

*Using radios, CB radios, CB radio hybrids, commercial two-way radios, subscription-based emergency communication devices, prescribed medical devices, amateur or ham radios and “in-vehicle security, navigation or remote diagnostics” systems.
 

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Waze on CarPlay leaves a lot to be desired when reporting police!! Other than that the functionality is pretty good. I don’t remember seeing any advertising when using CarPlay. Does anyone know if this is allowed by apple ?
 

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Well, it wouldn't be right if I didn't RDFGSv2-bomb this thread, so... www.rdforum.org: RDFGS 2.0: What's in a name?

Waze is going to be a data source for the RDFGSv2, but the RDFGSv2 will essentially be the radar/laser/detector/jammer/hobbyist/enthusiast/general traveler/anybody's go-to product/app/service. I recommend taking a look at some of the RDFGSv2 threads/posts and lurk around - for anyone who is interested in a Waze on Steroids product - and start providing development suggestions so we can add the features of what you guys want into this app.

We ARE moving forward with this application/project (RDFGSv2), as January marches on we will have more details available.
Eric, let me know I can sign up to test for you. You can send me a PM if you want my assistance. Allen

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Waze on CarPlay leaves a lot to be desired when reporting police!! Other than that the functionality is pretty good. I don’t remember seeing any advertising when using CarPlay. Does anyone know if this is allowed by apple ?
I can tell you that the next release candidate is going to make big changes to the carplay version.
 

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Reporting in Georgia took a huge hit in July when the “No touch, hands free” law went into effect.
Did you know you can set it to respond to your voice to operate hands free?
 

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I only get adv when I'm at a dead stop. If I barely move it goes away
 

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Yes it can be running on ones phone, what takes the big hit is reporting! It is illegal to “touch” ones phone while in the car. Can’t even touch ones phone while stopped at a traffic light to check messages (not even to just read them without replying). Cobb County Police were posing as construction workers at a traffic light intersection and handing out tickets to people for just checking when their next appointment was on their phone.

So if one doesn’t have CarPlay or Android Auto with a touch screen head unit, one is breaking the law in Georgia reporting to Waze.
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Wait a minute. Are you not allowed to touch anything then? What about a GPS on your dashboard? I run Waze on my phone that’s attached to the car so I don’t hold it in my hand. I have to reach up and tap it with my finger. Are you telling me that’s illegal in Georgia?
 

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Did you know you can set it to respond to your voice to operate hands free?
I just found out about this a couple weeks ago! I love that ability for reporting as much as destination input.
 

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I run Waze on my phone that’s attached to the car so I don’t hold it in my hand. I have to reach up and tap it with my finger. Are you telling me that’s illegal in Georgia?
It's now illegal to hold your phone while driving in the state of Georgia, part of a sweeping hands-free law that went into effect Sunday. Reading from a phone or using it to record video is banned, too, according to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, including at stoplights.

Those caught breaking the rules — even tapping "play" on a Spotify playlist while not parked — face a $50 fine, which doubles upon their second offense. The law, signed by Gov. Nathan Deal in May, aims to curtail driving fatalities in the state.

Drivers can no longer have phones "touching any part of their body" while talking through devices, the safety office stated. Reading emails, social media posts and text messages is banned, as well as writing any such content. While recording videos while driving — a practice frequently seen on social media — is banned, dash cams are OK.

The law also carves out other exceptions, especially when phones utilize in-car or Bluetooth technology: Playing that Spotify playlist through a vehicle's stereo controls while driving is allowed, for example.

And while watching or reading anything on a phone falls under the ban, an exception was made for navigational services like Google Maps. More exceptions exist for the use of phones to report emergencies, crimes or traffic accidents.
 

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It's now illegal to hold your phone while driving in the state of Georgia, part of a sweeping hands-free law that went into effect Sunday. Reading from a phone or using it to record video is banned, too, according to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, including at stoplights.

Those caught breaking the rules — even tapping "play" on a Spotify playlist while not parked — face a $50 fine, which doubles upon their second offense. The law, signed by Gov. Nathan Deal in May, aims to curtail driving fatalities in the state.

Drivers can no longer have phones "touching any part of their body" while talking through devices, the safety office stated. Reading emails, social media posts and text messages is banned, as well as writing any such content. While recording videos while driving — a practice frequently seen on social media — is banned, dash cams are OK.

The law also carves out other exceptions, especially when phones utilize in-car or Bluetooth technology: Playing that Spotify playlist through a vehicle's stereo controls while driving is allowed, for example.

And while watching or reading anything on a phone falls under the ban, an exception was made for navigational services like Google Maps. More exceptions exist for the use of phones to report emergencies, crimes or traffic accidents.
Dude you are informed. Thanks. I go to Georgia all the time. So I assume if I have a phone on the magnetic suction cup using waze I can tap it without getting a $50 fine right?
 

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Dude you are informed. Thanks. I go to Georgia all the time. So I assume if I have a phone on the magnetic suction cup using waze I can tap it without getting a $50 fine right?

What I have heard and learned over the last 6 months that the Law has been in effect:

Not according to a DA I spoke with while discussing another matter nor according to several LEOs (Dunwoody, DeKalb, Gwinnett, APD, everybody but APD gets gas at the same QT I fill up at) I have asked what I might be pulled over for since I have so much electronics in my truck with the new law. It is lawful to have Waze, Google Maps, Road Warrior or other programs or Apps running on ones smartphone or laptop, but one can not interact (Tap/Touch) the device once driving IE one needs to input destination prior to departing ones current parked location which was the logic of the lawmakers that drivers can input where they need to go prior to driving and for example if they get a phone call and have to change their destination, said driver should pull into a rest area, gas station, store parking lot, then stop and make the changes they need, not make them at the next traffic light. The logic is if it saves just one life then the 5 minutes to pull in and do that is worth the 5 minutes of ones time. Some LEOs (not all) and the DA were understanding that the definition of a GPS was a specific device that only did navigation and was dash or windshield mounted IE not a smartphone but here again the thinking seems to depends on the officer.

One is allowed one tap to answer a phone call going to a BT or car audio setup if ones BT or car audio doesn't allow for answering without tapping the device, but other then that, one can not touch ones device IE hands free directly translates now to hands off. So if ones smartphone is on a mag mount running Waze, one is not allowed to tap the report button, tap the hazard button, tap the shoulder button, tap the vehicle button, tap vehicle stopped, then tap send, according to who I have spoken with for clarification. "Using Waze for navigation" according to them does not include interacting with Waze while driving, it means Waze can be active and moving on a screen, anything other than that is considered distracted driving, but I think it will depend on each officers judgement. Georgia car stereo places are making a killing updating and installing the necessary equipment to stay legal.

There was a guy from Maryland talking away on his cell phone up to his ear on I-85 North in one of the center lanes when I noticed a GHP coming up behind us. I has not far enough away from I-285 to be up to warp speed yet so all I had to do was drop about 5MPH. As I drifted back he pulled along side the Maryland driver, looked right, then drifted back and turned on his blues pulling him over. It had to be because of the phone because we were not going fast enough for a speeding ticket IMO. When I got home I checked Maryland driving laws and Maryland has had no hands just like Georgia for over two years, what was this guy thinking! It appears they are not cutting out of state drivers any slack.

I think some specific yes and no guidelines need to be published for everybody to directly know what is a yes and what is unlawful, but I have gone the extra route of eliminating any possibility by updating my car stereo head unit to eliminate any question of not being in compliance. Besides I needed a backup camera and hands free because I can't stand driving around with a BT in my ear while trying to listen to good Jazz or Rock music.

Lastly the odds, if one is paying attention to LEOs in the first place, are going to be low for one to be caught entering Waze Marks while actually driving unless one is oblivious to what is going on around them. The Gwinnett LEO at the QT said that the majority of Hands Free tickets he has written so far are if he is sitting near an intersection and he sees a motorist using their smartphone for texting or phone calls holding it.
 

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My Waze, on my Moto Z Force Droid, works great as a countermeasure and traffic reporting device. However, sometimes it goes bat s**t crazy on navigation. I run a Garmin GPS along side of it. It is funny how often the two disagree. I also carry a paper road atlas in my car, just in case.
 

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We are also seeing advertising pop up at the most inconvenient times. Also Waze crashes all the time on my S8
Still it’s free and helpful. I recommend using it.
I'm surprised to hear that. I use waze constantly on my S8, like 700+ miles a week and I have almost never had it crash on me. Maybe twice. Cell service?
 

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Been a Waze user since early 2013! Use it any time I'm in the car.
 

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I'm surprised to hear that. I use waze constantly on my S8, like 700+ miles a week and I have almost never had it crash on me. Maybe twice. Cell service?
Nope it’s the app. Ay least twice a trip. Remember I drive 4-5k a month. I get lots of waze time. Lol.
 

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Nope it’s the app. Ay least twice a trip. Remember I drive 4-5k a month. I get lots of waze time. Lol.
4-5k a month! Yikes! I wonder why it's so glitchy for you? Hmnn.
 

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4-5k a month! Yikes! I wonder why it's so glitchy for you? Hmnn.
It always had been. I’d say it locks out and shuts down 2-3 a week.
 

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I've had it crash several times where I've had to restart my phone (SamsungA3) to fix it.
 

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