Enable the Difficult Turn setting to be time/day specific
Today we have the ability to mark a turn as difficult, but we don't have a way to say it is only difficult during certain times of the day like during commute hours, or even to be only weekdays when there is commute traffic.
The current UI could easily be updated to move the difficult turn box to the end of each row for the restriction. That way if an editor sets up a time for a restriction, it now becomes an option to be 100% restricted, or just difficult.
The editor could then set up a left turn being illegal to turn from 15:00 to 18:00, difficult to turn from 8:00 - 15:00, difficult to turn from 18:00 - 20:00, but fine all other times because it is only the traffic that is an issue.
Also, currently there is no way to limit the difficult turn to weekdays and not include weekends when many difficult turns are abandoned with no weekend traffic at the level of weekdays.
I have posted a mockup of this idea in the Waze forum under the title "Enable the Difficult Turn setting to be time/day specific"
I think it's a good idea... However I'm not sure how much of a penalty is being applied here. I thought it would be like 3 minutes or so, just to make it "less preferred" (not prohibited) but it seems like the penalty is much higher than that. Anyhow I know that's not what this question is about so I'll just say that this is also a good idea.
George Hyros commented
Most so-called "difficult turns" are only difficult during peak travel hours when the crossing main road has non-stop, sometimes multiple lanes of traffic. However, when traffic is light and you can actually see across all the lanes of the crossing road, the turn is just like any other, and may even save you some time vs. having to wait for a nearby green light.
Damon Hunn commented
That would be very helpful in metropolitan areas such as the San Francisco Bay area.
I think this is a wonderful idea. This would help with school-based (and) regular rush hours and just general traffic congestion which appears at regular (but not necessarily intuitive) times.
Dovid Gross commented
Fantastic - much more utility
Russ Zaccari commented
I mentioned the problem of time basing for DTs when they were introduced. I cannot think of ANY DT that *is* difficult at all hours but not signed as illegal. Traffic makes it difficult vs. illegal.
Definitely like this idea. I know that's how I drive just in everyday life, avoiding certain areas at rush hour. Totally support this.
dave fortney commented
Nice idea, Kent. I would support this. Another option would be to just change the feature on the back-end to only penalize so-called difficult turns during times of normal to heavy traffic, more of a hint to Waze's routing AI, perhaps varying the time-penalty based on historical traffic data and real-time perceived traffic.
Difficult turns really only make sense at certain times of day. Thanks for this suggestion!
John DeL commented
There is no way DTs are useful unless they are time and day slective here in NYC
Take all of my votes!!!!!