re-route based on upcoming traffic conditions / congestions
While waze does show upcoming traffic condition on one's route it does not provide facility to automatically re-route the traveler around traffic congestion using surface streets or alternate highway/freeway.
This is essential to optimizing waypoint ordering/priority:
This ought be available in other-than a binary toggle (yes or no). While yes and no are suitable broad options, waze ought provider finer grained control of re-routing as it does now (faster or shorter). These should include
(1) time windows
(2) zones / areas
(3) specific roads / highways / freeways
(4) density of other Wazers
(5) using either / both wazer data and federal/state in-road traffic monitoring
(6) "only into green"
(7) sheeple mode
define one's own rush-hours
One ought be able to specify whitelist- and/or blacklist areas in which waze performs congestion re-routing
only if density greater than X
If traffic is indicated in green elsewhere then waze may re-route me there. Otherwise waze may route me into any color traffic that is faster than where I am currently.
follow the faster herd of wazers
Why not have customisable parameters for auto rerouting. Eg you can tell waze to reroute if conditions change and a new route is more than 5mins quicker. I don't want to constantly be rerouted for a 1 min benefit, but if all of a sudden there's a crash ahead and the journeys going to take an extra half hour or worse id like waze to simple change the route
Paul McGinnis commented
I strongly agree that this is a badly needed feature that numerous soft and hard navigation tools are far in advance of Waze on. I'm concerned about blindly following route changes because my Waze often tells me to do dumb things. Examples: 1) Get off at an exit, I get off, get on at the next entrance or the one after that. Problem: There's NO SLOWDOWN present on Waze or in reality. 2) Turn and go into a neighborhood adding several miles in order to reach some place that a single turn will accomplish. Sometimes I'm instructed to PASS my destination, go a seemingly random path, and distance, then come back and turn into a parking lot that's across the street. If I'm driving I can't report this anomaly without claiming to be a passenger and hoping I stay in my lane.
As a result I use my own judgement to arbitrate whatever Waze says unless I can't tell the difference. If I was always a passenger with a much better signal than I usually have I could figure out why the route has changed and decide if I agreed or not. Since I'm usually both driving and alone in areas that I'm familiar with to some degree I can do this with higher success than a coin flip. I am concerned about how reliable Waze and similar products are when I'm not familiar with the area or can't see that there's a better way to the destination.
I chose Waze because Google Maps often refers to it as the source of condition speed notification and I wanted to be on the front end of that. I contribute to the accuracy as much as I can.
Michael Armstrong commented
Oops..I left off content about a warning message - it should read:
I am looking for waze to forewarn "warning - congestion xx miles ahead-speed xx mph" or "warning - traffic stopped 6.8 miles ahead", followed by "3 alternate routes available - select or cancel."
It should include in the message " [Issue] [miles] with:
[Issue] - Traffic Stopped, Congestion, Road Closure
[Miles] - xx miles ahead, speed xx mph
Michael Armstrong commented
Early notification and rerouting options are why I selected this product. If I am on a highway and there is congestion ahead on the same road, I am looking for waze to forewarn "warning - congestion ahead-speed xx mph" or "warning - traffic stopped 6.8 miles ahead", followed by "3 alternate routes ahead - select or cancel."
Also, if I am on a street and I am coming to an intersection where if I turn right I will run into a traffic jam, I want the intersection directions to be color coded indicating "red" - traffic stopped if you turn right, "yellow" = traffic moving below speed limit if I turn yellow, "grey - standard" if I continue straight.
I only use navigation when I am going out of town but I want the above to be predictive and warn of potential road challenges.
Scott Taylor commented
I would love a "route avoidance" choice of yellow and red congested roads. I personally will drive a 25%+ longer route just to never have to drive below 45mph on a highway... Someone else here mentioned a "no more traffic" option and I would like to take that a little further and suggest a "thumbs up" road status so someone could flag an alternate route/frontage road/etc with comments like "I'm glad I took this road instead of the backed up highway beside it".
more allayed commented
> green is NOT fast enough. I need an additional color reflecting MY travel speed
This alone is an excellent idea in need of rapid implementation.
I'm surprised to hear this as an issue, because dynamic rerouting works great for me and is the main reason I use Waze on my commute every day. I already know the various ways to get to work and back but Waze is great at finding the best current route. And it does change the route as conditions change.
Kristian Ward commented
I agree with this. I was actually going to suggest that waze make more use of roads in problem areas side roads residential routes anything to give relief to highways and problem inner city roadways. Lots of in used road out there that we can be using more efficiently
Starting to think this does not fully work... at least not on all phones...
* Waze can you comment?
Yeah, Waze's horrible rerouting sucks my butt. This is why I rarely even use it anymore. I have a 45 mile commute on I-25 and it will never reroute or offer side roads even if it's completely stopped at some point. Good thing I know all the alternate routes myself. I'll even get off the interstate with Waze running and it'll keep trying to route me back on, and once I pass the horrible congestion and get back on my ETA is way shorter because I knew the faster way and Waze NEVER seems to learn these side roads.
There should be an option to report "no more traffic". Also, reporting traffic for "other lane" doesn't seem to work.
I once had a pop-up telling me about an accident on the highway ahead which slowed down traffic a lot. However it just notified me that my ETA changed but it kept the same road in my navigation window. I was surprised that it didn't ask or suggest if I wanted to take a side road to avoid it.
I think this should be done, it only makes sense to use real-time traffic info in order to also update navigation route in real time (perhaps with a yes/no pop-up suggestion)
Is some of this being worked on? I've been re-routed in the bay area a few times recently - and I'm thankful for it. The last time was a quick route off of HWY 101 and then back on at the following ramp. that quick jog at 40 MPH on a nearby st saved my about 10 min of stop and go traffic and it was clear sailing the rest of the trip :)
I was also under the impression Waze did this. It seems a shame to have realtime data and not use it for realtime (re)routing.
Juvescent Joys commented
I would love to have control- or capability of this granularity!
being able to request different modes of detour which would announce the circuit path and time differential (as one cannot peruse the screen) would be much better than relying on stepwise navigation by arbitrarily exiting thoroughfare / highway / freeway. especially not knowing which are extremely suboptimal
when using 3+ waypoints waze ought prompt
between upcoming waypoints to benefit from wazer's locality familiarity which would backfeed weighted as crowd savvy (or abysmal judgment)
combined with tandem navigation with [un]known wazers to a common destination or proximal destinations. known users need be added without allegedly-social networks. advise from unknown users ought be represented visually with respect to
• locality judgment
• volume of tandem wazers
allow one to privately weight judgement of known wazers
green is NOT fast enough. I need an additional color reflecting MY travel speed
• show on future [alternative] routes
• this route and surrounding area (or "zone" in veriloquous terms)
Currently the main motorway from me to my destination is blocked/closed with 16 mile tailbacks. Waze routes me that way in all three optional routes. It doesn't want me changing my destination while driving, yet wants me to manually work out a new route based on a flurry of icons en-route. I thought auto-re-routing because of traffic was the whole point of the app. I'm not even sure I know how to manually plot a better route using it.
I Glympse commented
there's plenty of opportunity for waze to reroute in Orange County, CA but it has never happened for any Wazer I know there.
I Glympse commented
Onewould besplit a traffic population directing •some• to sidestreets(#4, #6, #7) in search of green (not yellow not red, not envrofascist) paths.
Wazeshould verbally announce expected time savedby rerouteand proposedpath by street namesfor localsto better evaluate
great copy paste! :(
see my comments on navigation waypoints
Please make waze reroute for closures at the very least. It's one thing, getting caught in traffic, but quite another being repeatedly directed to a dead end.
Charles Diaz commented
need capability to manually set a DETOUR. Allow you to detour from your route for 1/2 mile, 1 mile, 2 miles, 5 miles, 10 miles.... then back to your original route. Garmin does this very well as other Nav systems.