WAZE USERS STARTING TO SUCK

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Got Waze going today. First check in, under 200 users in my area. Hmmm, what are other people seeing where they live?
 

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That number must vary a lot in my area. Right now it won't even tell me. Later this morning it will give me a number and this afternoon it will be a different number.
 

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That number must vary a lot in my area. Right now it won't even tell me. Later this morning it will give me a number and this afternoon it will be a different number.
I ran it in peak hour today and got nearly double the users, so I'm getting a feel for it. Not bad. It's improved. Spotify integration is new compared to my last go some time ago. Seems more user friendly. I need to run it a bit more but so far it's not bad. Useful. Map is now angled in view which is better. Used to be birds eye view and boring. Unsure how much data it's chewing but haven't paid much attention to that yet. I've been skimping on my phone plan as I run prepaid. Lately I see sim card offers going cheap. Each month I've ported my number, jumping companies each month with zero loyalty for about half a year now and saved about $150 doing so. Some sim starter packs are as low as $5. If I see a cheap one I grab it. Sometimes the data is plentyful, sometimes not. Same with signal and service, some good, some weak. Helps me test networks too.
I found another really good app called network cell info. Measures towers signal distance and strength e.c.t. Maps what towers your phone is connecting to, network speeds on the fly and lots of other cool features.
I had to setup a 4g permanent internet connection in a regional area for a family member. This app was very good for targeting towers and knowing where your connection is coming from.
Terrible weather today for gps, but Waze held up nice. Only one scan for my location dropped out, other than this fairly solid. I'll keep it running for a while and see how it goes. Cheers for encouraging it. I was getting bored, so this is alright.
 

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This might give you an idea of what to expect with data.

Yesterday I drove 265 miles in 5.5 hours (highway and city)
Waze used 18.7 MB yesterday.

Today, sitting only in my driveway and checking out the new Android Auto Update, Waze used 7.07 MB. Once it's running and doing it's thing, I suspect the data usage is pretty low during a drive itself.
 

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No question. I've noticed a steep drop off in gas price reporting on Gas Buddy as well. At first these crowd source apps have lots of people excited to have them and contribute. But as time goes that spirit morphs into just wanting to use and not contribute.
It happens due to the "I've done my share, now its your turn" mentality.
 

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Using Waze yesterday. It actually pinned an unmarked car running a redflex mobile unit someone marked. Got the alert and looked out for it, and sure enough it was there which is good for such a small community of users in my area. Getting into it a bit more now, and I'll keep using it for a couple of weeks and get used to it. At least it's legit, which is a bonus.
 

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Well at least people are starting to use Waze. Not very well mind you.

I reported first. They are running a lidar trap. Then this. Lol

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One more in the last 30 seconds.


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I've kept Waze going the last week or so. Not bad. I just feel I started to rely on it a bit, but then thought again, it's not full proof if no one has marked mobile cameras. So I see it as a handy add on at this stage, but still worth running just on the off chance. It will probably become part of my car now anyway, seeing as the phone is cradled in a windshield mount. May as well switch it on and have it running in front of me.
 

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On interstate I think perhaps the truckers do most of the marking.
Waze needs to make it easier. We need short cuts, one button press mark a LEO. One for each scenario.

What I do when I get on the road is press the alert button / police button / visible button / Later Button. It sits in the top left corner until I select it. Then its pop pop.

Other than the above I still scan as if I don't use Waze. Eyes peeled, mirrors mirror mirrors, brake lights ahead, LEO's in the grass. R3, ALP.
 

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Maybe someone can convince the Waze team to let us add shortcut buttons.

But really the bottom button on the right works pretty well for me.


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On interstate I think perhaps the truckers do most of the marking.
Waze needs to make it easier. We need short cuts, one button press mark a LEO. One for each scenario.

What I do when I get on the road is press the alert button / police button / visible button / Later Button. It sits in the top left corner until I select it. Then its pop pop.

Other than the above I still scan as if I don't use Waze. Eyes peeled, mirrors mirror mirrors, brake lights ahead, LEO's in the grass. R3, ALP.
It's my understanding and belief that the moment you press the first alert button, those GPS coordinates are stored for the upcoming alert when you decide what you are alerting to.

This might be something to test. :) If it works as I'm saying, your reports are inaccurate.
 

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I agree with this. Where I'm at, law states you can only touch the phone to answer a call. Nothing else.
So driving down the road, hitting a button, then a menu pops up which I might have to scroll to decide if I'm marking a camera, road closure e.c.t then actually select it, is too much looking at the screen. Eyes should be on the road as much as possible. Sometimes you can't pull o er either to safely sit there and mark or alert things.
1 touch, done and forget is ideal. Or better yet, voice activation of some sort would be good if possible, or a Bluetooth button to drop a marker like the ALP click button thing maybe. But then I have to spend money, so back to voice or 1 touch preferably.
I don't particularly want to crash up the back of a car to be honest, while I'm deciding what to mark on a map for 5 seconds. Want more like 1second or quicker or one press then voice.
 
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I figure the spread in reported positions is due to the cop moving every time he stops someone. I tend to trust these reports more than the single spot.

A lot of times I'll see activity around an interchange as the cop works up and down the highway in both directions.
 

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I'll check it out. Cheers for that. Thought voice was only the destination search.
 
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Caution a Leo reported every few miles is typically a moving radar trap.
I’ll bet 80% of these repeated false reports are kids playing around. 3rd graders have smart phones now.
 

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Hopefully I can address the points about Waze mentioned in this thread. These answers are for North American Waze users.

1) The minimum time it takes a report to show on another user's app is 90 seconds. So you'll be long gone by the time the cop "sees someone reported them". Go ahead and send it ... waiting means it'll just be that much longer until other users get it.
2) Wazers/reports in your area are by marketing area. I'm sure Waze shares their location and size with advertisers, but it's not public knowledge. They are subject to change. The areas can be quite large. I very sure there are no parameters controlling when Waze shows it - when you have a data connection when you start the app or as soon as you have data, Waze will show it. Waze will never reveal exact usage numbers.
3) I hope everyone who is on this forum would know that lidar is the best thing ever to happen to police. They can now easily and accurately target from farther than most drivers' attention range. That means quicker ticket writing turnover. The days when a cop had to camp are over. That's often why you get there and the cops are no longer there - they've written the ticket and went on to things cops should be doing, like patrolling neighborhoods (hopefully).
4) Reporting "not there" does nothing to other user's apps. They'll still see the report until it automatically expires.
5) Reporting red light/speed cams on the app no longer does anything. If you have one that's missing or shouldn't be there, you need to edit it using the Waze Map Editor or hop on the Waze forum for your state and ask for it to be done. Mobile cameras will not be marked.
6) Waze has had voice reporting for a while. How it works depends on how you have it set up in the Waze settings screen. On mine, not liking Waze/Google listening inside my car all the time, I have to tap the (search) microphone then say "Report police". That's it. I don't know of a way to put comments on a report via voice, though.
7) Years ago, Waze routing used to be limited to 500 miles. Now it is unlimited. Note that when you request a route, any parts of the map needed for your route that you don't already have are downloaded to your device. So on top of the longer time to do the route calculations, you have to wait for the download. When the routing server is busy (say, rush hour), getting a route does take longer. For long routes, requesting them on a high-speed connection such as a land-based WiFi is recommended.
8) There is no reporting "reputation" not related to map editor rank. Waze tracks "Not There" reports for statistical purposes, but there is no automatic banning or that kind of thing. While you might get results writing customer support about a problem Wazer, the various types of banning only happen through the intervention of a map editor and that group does not typically go on road reports. However, you can be throttled by the system automatically. For example, typically you can only report prices for about 10 gas station every 10 minutes.
9) The user txemt was using unconventional map editing methods to get points. Years ago, it used to be easy to get away with, but now they've been banned.
10) Yes, the moment you press the report button the location is saved.
11) Yes, Waze is always adding features. They just added toll prices, which no other app has. Very nice!!
12) Yes, people file false and dumb reports. A LEO buddy of mine jokes that anytime he forgets where he parked his marked car in his apartment complex, he just opens Waze.

Please let me know if I didn't cover your question/concern.
 

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