It would be nice to just disable the Search bar from view for regular driving when there is no active Waze navigation going on.
yes, I can confirm that the Search bar does indeed disappear from the view when actively navigating. However the issue is that it blocks the view at the bottom when you are just driving normally around when you don't need any navigation and you know where you are going, and you are just contributing the real-time data of the current traffic conditions and you can provide user-submitted reports along the way. It would be nice to just disable the Search bar from view for regular driving when there is no active Waze navigation going on. Thank you for your consideration.
Agreed! On my iPhone XS it even blocks my vehicle icon when no active navigation is happening, and my use case for Waze is 99% direction-less driving, just to be aware of road conditions.
I filed this as a bug and Waze replied that it's functioning as intended -- seems odd that blocking the navigation icon would be intentional but here we are. Give us a break and hide the unnecessary UI when unneeded, Waze!