"Learn mode" , where you can teach Waze the best route to follow ; sometimes the fast or short route is not possible, or you know a better route for your favorite location.
I have a preferred route for my commute, that is neither Waze's faster nor shorter router. My preferred route is based on user preferences that are not defined by Waze. Sometimes it is more economical, less hills, less turns, easier to drive, scenery, etc.
What I would like is for Waze to learn my preferred route, and then select my preferred route when I choose my destination. Perhaps each favorite can have a preferred route defined. I want to see on the map and alerts if there is a major problem along my route so that I could consider taking the alternative route. For example, my preferred route wouldn't be preferred if there was a traffic accident.
Another ideal feature that might make the solution simpler would be to display alternative route ETA's. As I come upon a junction to determine my preferred route, I can make my choices based on the alternative ETA's.
Please add this feature!
I would be really nice if Waze could implement a learn mode. After recommending the same route every day and seeing the user take some other route. Waze should be able to figure out that may be the user doesn't plan to use the route it is recommending and instead suggest the route the user is going to take anyway.
Phil Baxter commented
As I've been unable to teach Waze the best route for my commute, I'd love to see this added.
I'm pasting the text from my forum post here, since it describes in detail how this feature could work and also adds the route naming capability:
I'd like the developers to consider allowing users to manually record (either by driving or using an online map interface) my preferred routes between common end points (i.e. my commute). Let me name the preferred routes myself. Then when evaluating routes for a commute, choose between the preferred routes if available.
Why? Because the dynamic thing isn't working for me. I'll drive a new route many times and it still won't be considered for subsequent drives, even after asking for alternative routes. I've toiled in the map editor for too long making changes to receive no benefit--it consistently sends me on crazy routes instead of choosing the direct path.
And, even if all of that worked, the auto-generated names for the routes that Waze comes up with are hard to interpret and I'd want the ability to name them too, if they were consistent. Like let me tell Waze at the end of a route what to name the route we just drove.
If this change were done, then it would override all of the error prone reliance on pristine maps, intelligent detection of repeated driving patterns, etc and just let me use Waze for what I want: the fastest commute every day.
I just found this idea here. I recently wrote up a detailed post about this same concept and a thread began at the forum here: http://www.waze.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=19855
There I learned that Waze doesn't actually learn routes and never has, despite advertising this feature (still) on the "Routes" screen in the app (i.e. when you click on "Routes" to see alternatives to the current route). That makes this feature that much more valuable.
Also note there is another similar idea here: http://waze.uservoice.com/forums/59225-map-editor-and-waze-com-website/suggestions/2780846-easy-record-or-save-my-preferred-route-now-my-pre
YES!! And/or the ability to save a route as a favorite route (not favorite location). Ideally, you could plan the route ahead. somehow.
It would be nice if you could tell waze that a certain route is preferred. This feature would be helpful to those of us who work at one location for a few days to a couple weeks at a time and then move to a new location which doesn't give Waze enough time to learn the route. This could be done on client but would also be effective on the online dashboard. It already records the routes we take and it would be nice if we could have a checkbox to indicate a "preferred" route.
Jaime Visser commented
Waze is always in learn mode, that's the beauty of it. Just drive the route a few times and waze will figure it out. If any of the routes is obstructed or impossible you should edit the map to reflect that.