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Save and later upload client data for areas with limited cell and/or Wi-Fi only users.

The amount of data saved currently is insufficient to allow mapping of vast rural areas. Saving this data when storage is available and later uploading will speed the completion of your goals.

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    RickW-NCRickW-NC shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    started  ·  krankydkrankyd responded  · 

    This is already working, though not properly and all devices. We are working on improving waze behavior in areas where the connectivity is not good, however, you will still have to start a new waze session with a connection .


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      • Shorty-CMShorty-CM commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Tobim91, it isn't working in any version, for any device, period. Never has been. And I don't know why they're so stubborn about spending development time on it to finally get it working properly. I've got a device with 128 GB of storage. There is no reason to ever give up trying to connect. And there is no reason to ever lose any data, because it can be saved locally until the network returns. And it ALWAYS returns. Waze just gives up and doesn't reconnect. It is ridiculous. And I'm quite sure is never going to be fixed.

      • tobim91tobim91 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I had some Connection Problems and these places are grayed out in WME. I think it is not working in Waze 3.9.6 for Android.

      • Shorty-CMShorty-CM commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Nope. Latest version still craps out after half an hour or so of no connection. It's ridiculous.

      • AnisioAnisio commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        when you have no cell phone signal the waze have to allow the User to inform the traffic occurrences, should store data temporarily in smatphone and soon after you have the connection transmit the central database of waze.

      • Shorty-CMShorty-CM commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yup, offline behaviour is pretty sad. Even if you're starting in an area with signal, go through an area without signal, and go back into another area with signal again it doesn't always connect again. Waze should be checking for a connection every 5 minutes. Instead, it gives up after maybe half an hour and never attempts to connect again. What's more sad is the official response has always been "It checks periodically and will reconnect once it detects a signal again." But it doesn't do that. Not after half an hour or so. You can leave it running for hours after regaining signal and it still won't reconnect. So dumb.

      • Aaron WattAaron Watt commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I was going to say this but you lot already have, good to see I am not the only one with this problem.

        Like everyone here I too don't like the fact that when in rural areas with no cell phone coverage and I come across roads either it be sealed or unsealed roads that are not on Waze Maps that I can't use "Pave" to record gps data. It's annoying that I can't upload these roads to the waze community because theres no cell phone coverage. Whats worse is that I can't "Add Place's" when in rural areas too. Waze App should cache the data when theres no cell phone coverage, then upload data when there is sufficient cell phone signal.

      • Karl AndinaKarl Andina commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I live and work in the high desert area of the Mojave in Southern California. I travel extensively through areas that do not have cell phone connectivity. As luck would have it, I will routinely pass a road hazard, stranded vehicle, or a police officer that I can not post for the safety and benefit of other drivers around me. I would love for Waze to have the capability to post something offline and once reconnected with a good cell phone connection, it uploads. I have noticed that there is the option to post later or to send now while in a good connection zone...why not add a similar function while not connected?

      • Shorty-CMShorty-CM commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The problem there is Waze doesn't immediately reconnect. After a relatively short amount of time it won't reconnect at all, which I still can't believe has not been fixed. It retries periodically for maybe a bit over half an hour, and not long after that it just gives up. Or if it isn't explicitly giving up then there is a bug that prevents it from reconnecting. Quite annoying to lose that much data.

      • GeorgeGeorge commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        At a much more basic level, Waze users construct the best map of actual cell phone network coverage than anything the cell phone service providers have. So, it was seem reasonable to map coverage based on where the app loses connection and when it returns. This could be used to preload for the "dark" areas, just warn the driver that they are about to lose connection (useful when determining if a voice call is going to drop), and it might be nice in the case of route planning to pick the route with the best network connectivity.

      • Greg SullyGreg Sully commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi, I appreciate there are / were similar suggestions to this, but Waze already has the architecture in the user interface to include the extra information.

        I am not really a coder, but I can work out how to archive this in an interface through a paper designed structure.

        At present, when you are out of range of a connection to the Waze servers via a mobile connection or wifi. When you click the report button in the user interface screen (bottom of screen in the right hand corner on my devices). The button in the form of an object, follows a set of rules to log that you clicked the button to report n issue where I presume, the time and location where the button was pushed was logged, so when at a later occasion a similar event logged by annother Waze'er, is backed up by the event you tagged but were unable to log further details due to a network connection failure.

        So when it ones to implementing this change, at a very basic level (it's probably not as simple as I am suggesting), in addition to simply logging the time and location, gps if available and other navigation details. A aditional excicutionable action can be included, where aditional information can be included in the data update.

        My fear however is a concern over the quantity of data that is being shared may be a underlying issue rather than the simply re-working the current system.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        August 1st, 2015 and i don't see it working. This is related to another voted improvement or two. Here is another way of doing so.
        Whether the user pre-planned the trip or NOT. Sometimes we get to a destination that has no data connection and from that point want to navigate to another location. Having a chosen geological area saved to cache/storage space, can save a user much fear or not having the map data when they need it.

        1) As do the competitors using the open maps, the user has to choice of what geographical area to download to their device assuming they have space.

        2) When there is no connection to the live data source, the map can have a darker (maybe black or greyish) background to indicate there is no signal at the moment and the current data in waze might be stale (or inaccurate) but still the user can get where they need to go without needing a data connection since their chosen geo area should be saved in the device storage.

      • MauricioMauricio commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Waze could use some kind of asynchronous control (like JMS) and retry to send notifications until a max period is reached... For example: in case of accident report, then Waze can retry for at most 30 minutes; in case of animals on road, maybe 5 minutes should be ok; and so on. It's really frustrating when I try to report something and receive a feedback like "Ooops, try again in a few minutes". By the way, messages like that don't even make sense, since I don't intend to go back and try again. =/

      • CesarFreyCesarFrey commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'm going to comment just to make this suggestion more visible to Waze creators.
        Really, this is the most important improvement you guys have to make. I drive very frequently to a city 300km far away, and the major part of the way I have no data signal. Many times I tried to send warnings and I couldn't. Neither see others warnings.
        It seems to me that is easy to improve it. Just save the info on the cache and upload when find any data signal within, let's say, one hour. Then the ones who have not reached the "blind" area yet will receive the warning and it will be saved on the offline navigation for that route. When they reach the warning place, they could say if it is still there or already gone and again, this info will be uploaded when they get data signal.
        Something like this.
        Please, it will make more sense to a lot of people like me to use Waze on every travel.
        Also, the waving movement to activate the voice control does not work when the iphone is on landscape mode. It is very helpful when I use with my motorcycle.
        Thank you.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        A ideia é antiga, desde 2010, e até hoje não tivemos nenhum parecer, o Waze ainda não salva em cache os dados para envio futuro com base no tempo de duração de cada alerta, a ultima resposta foi em setembro de 1010 pelo Krankyd, ninguem vai fazer nada quanto a isto?


      • datakoedatakoe commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'm fully agree with earlier comments - this is most wanted feature for active wazers!

        How it looks fro my point of view:

        1. There definitely shouldn't be such a problem like "no GPS - no report" (mentioned before but anyway); when no GPS but cellular data is available (mostly applicable to tunnels or similar locations) - Waze must be able to approximate position based on this data.
        2. In case if 3G/EDGE/LTE or data channel is not available - system should collect everything until communication will be restored. Besides, in some countries mobile operators are switching cellular to voice for 100% in very load environment (traffic jams, underground etc).
        3. At least traffic jams details (of course in case of GPS data availability - tunnels are different story) info must be offline collectible (road statistics is too critical to be dependent from this).
        4. Let's say upload all the data ASAP or within 24 hrs to Waze servers.
        5. Surely "Alerts" menu must be available even in case of cellular data absence but GPS availability (currently iOS version shows warning in such situation and you're unable to continue).

        Hope to see this opportunity in future releases (added 3 votes).
        Furthermore - I'm ready and happy to participate to beta testing (fortunately have such an experience).
        Devices: iPhone 5s & iPad mini 1st gen.


      • Shorty-CMShorty-CM commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yoshi, I'm going to paste your comment into a bug report in the beta project. That's something that definitely would be better if you were able to do. I don't see why it couldn't just use your last position as the spot to flag.

      • Yoshi Josh Portuondo-DemberYoshi Josh Portuondo-Dember commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        During Mondays tornado storm in Boston, traffic was at a complete standstill for the ENTIRE airport tunnel- this 2.5 mile stretch was posted as NO traffic delays- because there is no GPS reception in the tunnel - there is cell service though- but Waze does not allow traffic updates to be posted while there is no GPS service :(

      • DeepDeep commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Seriously, this is a much wanted feature. I have been using Waze very excitedly knowing that I can earn miles and contribute to the community with my reports, however there is no way to earn miles or report when offline.
        There needs to be a feature where user can use Waze and submit reports when offline, then as the user gets online, all that data is uploaded to Waze and user gets miles recorded in their accounts accordingly.

        There can be a timeout set, say for example: all reports related data must be synced with Waze servers in a maximum of 24 to 48 hours

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