Safe & Helpful Lane Guidance
There are many inconsistancies in my tri-state area, NY, NJ, & CT (in New England) USA, in the lane guidance at different intersections of different highways/parkways/interstates. I am guessing this is worse in the older cities/towns that were created with older road standards, and more in congested areas. Sometimes the lanes correctly indicate the lanes that come up to the intersection, say even half mile before the split/exit. This would allow plenty of time to get into the correct lane, or plan to get into the correct lane. But other times, Waze wrongly indicates the lanes immidately AT or AFTER the intersection or lane split, which is at the very least very confusing, and the worst case, very dangerous if people try to get to the correct lane at the last second.
For example, Waze's 2 left arrow and 2 right arrow lanes on a 3 lane highway is very confusing. Which lane is being split? The right, the middle, or even the left? I would like to determine this on Waze even a half mile before.
In the NY (tri-state) area, I see the I-684 S/I-287 lane split (coordinates 41.03491, -73.72290), so Waze should indicate a middle lane split from 3 lanes a half mile before the lane split instead of Waze's current 2 arrows to the right and 2 arrows to the left. The lanes are split into 4 for quite a few feet here, so a driver does have time to not as dangerously, but illegally drive over the solid white line to get to the correct lane before the actual roadway split.
At the I-287 N/I-87 lane split (41.11522, -74.16132), Waze should indicate 3 lanes with the left 2 lanes towards I-87 N and the right 1 lane as towards I-287, not as Waze currently has 2 left arrows and 2 arrows toward I-287. Note that at the split, the right 1 lane splits into 2 which is not helpful (or confusing) information when determining which lane to use before the split. If someone see the 2 right arrows in Waze, and gets in the second to rightmost lane, it could be very dangerous if they must switch to the rightmost lane at the last moment to take the exit.
Other such highway lanes splits in the region have been fixed, but should have been defined to be consistently created in the first place.
To improve and standardize the overall UI/UX for all regions, I would therefore suggest updating the Waze definition of Lanes (https://wazeopedia.waze.com/wiki/USA/Lanes) maybe in section "1.1 What counts as a lane?" to indicate that the lanes for Lane Guidance purpose just BEFORE the intersection (say even up to 5 or 10 seconds just before) should be used to determine the number of lanes to SAFELY allow ample time to switch to one of the correct lanes, and to be displayed say half mile before. If there are other documents used by Waze admin for the purpose of lanes and lane guidance, update and clarify those also. The lane markings on the road/ground should be used as data for Waze more than the signs in the area, since I noticed many signs are either old or just not clear enough.
Maybe Waze code must be updated also to use the WME (Waze Map Editor) segment before the gore point, not at (WME node) or after. I don't have access to see the WME lanes for a segment to check if this is an issue, so I would also suggest opening this and actually everything in the WME to at least readable (read-only) to everyone.