allow an option to route around (avoid) areas based on crime statistics
I get SpotCrime's reports which a crime mapping tool. While I was driving using ways the route it gave me might have been the shortest, it was certainly not the safest. It took me through an area with a well documented and violent drug trade.
Why don't they have "safest route". This could be determined by overlaying the navigation information with your crime mapping. The system would then avoid an area with an high occurrence of violent crimes. I think you'd find there are lots of people like me that can see the value in this and would be willing to pay for it.
T3 Consortium commented
It would be of great social value to have the option to add a layer to google maps that show crime data. First, realtors are not allowed to divulge crime information when I'm looking for a house when relocating.
Secondly from a driving perspective, it'd be important to have an option to avoid high crime areas, or at least know when you're driving into one.
Groups like Crime Mappers have already defined the data and the methods, so one similar to there idea might work.
Do you agree?
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Mike Trieu commented
I agree. Trulia already has a great crime mapping implementation that pulls from both SpotCrime and CrimeWatch and can even filter the data based on violent and non-violent crime. Having this data in a real-time, interactive, mobile app like Waze would be invaluable to motorists. I've heard rumors of a Microsoft patent that supposedly precludes implementing this feature, but it only covers pedestrian routing and explicitly excludes vehicular contexts. Since Waze is only used for vehicular routing, anyway, this should not be a legal issue Waze should be worrying about. If in doubt, consult Google's legal team. I'm sure they'll concur.