I love the way iPhones and Android phones display traffic conditions by anonymously tracking the speed and location of thousands of smartphones. Here’s a smart little app that takes this concept a good deal further.
You load up Waze and like other navigation apps, it generates a colorful roadmap and provides turn-by-turn driving directions. But Waze lets users provide real-time updates on road conditions. Say an accident occurs ahead of you, causing an instant traffic jam. With a few touches of your phone, you can record a spoken warning to all the other nearby Waze users. You can even shoot a photo of the wreckage and pass it along.
Of course, you shouldn’t be fiddling with a phone while driving. But Waze keeps the tinkering to a minimum. It takes four screen taps to send a typical voice message--not too distracting when the phone’s mounted on your dashboard,
Like nearly everything else on smartphones these days, Waze has a social component. You can share your travels with Facebook friends and Twitter followers, or join groups of “Wazers” who drive the same roads every day. It’s a new level of personalization for driving apps, and it makes Waze an attractive option for travelers.
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