I've never had the desire to use WAZE as I do prefer Google Maps /w/ satellite images on my Android Auto. I do use Escort Live and my countermeasures to keep me ticket free.Over the past month, waze users have not been reporting police, and hazards. Just me. And when I report it, BOOM I get the message "you just helped 8 plus waze users"! Its seems those people are just being lazy and using the app and I've been sending users AHEAD of me bad messages for not reporting a hazard that I now have to deal with THEY PASSED and STAYED SILENT ABOUT.And google maps SUCKS at showing traps and hazards.
Yes!!! and those Soccer Mons are the ones who will not keep right except to pass. Back in college our professor was running late and people were having discussions about yielding the wenches argued if I am going the speed limit there is no reason for me to pull over.Yea, it's like that sometimes. Usually it's freeloader users who like getting alerted but are too lazy to mark anything.
Ewww.... This is the exact reason why speed limits aren't based off of the 85th percentile rule. Soccer mom's freak out when the speed limit should be 40 mph next to their house so they lobby the crap out of the government to lower it. Which in reality makes roads less safe and more congested...
99% sure Waze marks the GPS when you select report.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.
Great list. I incorrectly assumed marking "Not there" would be part of a process that allowed for removing a report that was inaccurate (or no longer accurate), such as "three Waze Users marking Not There removes the report." That's disappointing.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.
Is this a mechanism of the Waze app itself or is it that 90 seconds have to elapse before the report is added to the data stream?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.
It does kind of work that way. Each not there subtracts 5 minutes from the alert's displayed time.Great list. I incorrectly assumed marking "Not there" would be part of a process that allowed for removing a report that was inaccurate (or no longer accurate), such as "three Waze Users marking Not There removes the report." That's disappointing.
Better watch out, or she's going to insist to speak to your manager.They ironically only want to obey the speed limit signs but totally disregard the Keep Right Except to Pass signs
THANK YOU! I've been wondering that since using the app, and always thought to myself... Hmmm. I don't do the PSL so how is Waze accurate to almost the minute???it's pretty rare to be able to shave more than 3-4 minutes per hour off the Waze estimate. This is because as far as I know, Waze is the only app that uses true speeds
Sorry, I respectfully disagree here. Just today this happened to me: I was on my commute to work and I see traffic stopped in front of me. I glance at the waze map and see a lot of "standstill traffic" and "construction" pins ahead of me. I usually roll up at my office at 0840. Waze was giving me an ETA of 0904. Yikes!If you feel Waze is routing you through the worst traffic, tap the bottom of the screen, then tap Routes. You'll see your route at the top along with the next two fastest routes. Try one of the others and see if Waze is wrong. I can tell you from experience probably not. Even at the speeds I drive and sometimes going "secret back ways", it's pretty rare to be able to shave more than 3-4 minutes per hour off the Waze estimate. This is because as far as I know, Waze is the only app that uses true speeds, not speed limits, to estimate your time, so because almost everyone speeds, that makes it really hard to beat. The only objective way to prove that any navigation app is sending you the worst way is to have someone take another route choice at the exact same time. Just because you're in bumper-to-bumper traffic doesn't mean it's the worst bumper-to-bumper traffic.
Bear with me here, I think then we are in agreement generally, but that does not suggest that there's a guaranteed 90+ second delay between two clients.The 90 second update interval was shared by Waze staff. The app checks for better routes and data about that often. I'm sure you can imagine if every app - millions of people - were requesting a route recalc and data every second, the system wouldn't be feasible. Feel free to test. Report something and see how long it takes to appear on your friend's app.
That's and interesting comment because I've only started to receive these "Oops Server Time Out Errors" recently. I was trying to lay in a route from San Diego to Ventura and the app timed out every time. It wouldn't plot a route until I was partway through Los Angeles - more than half way to my destination. The weird thing is that it plotted a route from Ventura to San Diego a couple of days earlier without issue.I haven't heard about timeout issues in a long time. And recently they basically increased the timeout to unlimited so it doesn't time out.
No, the entire trip was on public roadways.
According to the bit I found in the paper earlier, it was supposed to start at around 0730. The point where I ended up getting stuck in traffic was 1.5 miles from the actual construction area, around 0820-ish.1) When did the backup begin? It takes Waze approximately six minutes to detect traffic above historical levels and start delivering reroutes to users.
The road I ended up taking was approximately, oh, 75 feet ahead of me when I turned off. I remember that because I actually cut into the opposing lane to get to it. Fortunately for me, there was no traffic whatsoever in that lane at the time.2) Was a reroute even possible? Again, it's not going to send drivers through private property no matter how severe the backup. Sometimes the only way to reroute is a U-turn and most areas are mapped so U-turns will not be suggested unless the road is wide enough to ensure they can be done in a single maneuver. Usually that means the road has to have a median.
In my case, it wasn't really closed. They were letting traffic move occasionally when they had the opportunity to open one lane. But as they were grading the entire road, they couldn't do that very often.Sorry about the incident with your wife's trip. If the road is closed, please use the road closure report on the app.
Due to my own experiences running two clients with different credentials at the same time for 18 months, and the concepts behind the 90 second max polling rate, AND the principals of load distribution on networks; I'm going to say that I disagree. That's nothing personal of course! I appreciate the discussion!The question in this forum was whether a cop would know that the person driving by them right now reported them and the answer is no - it does not instantaneously appear on other apps.