Make waze tolerant of intermittent network connectivity
Waze relies on a network connection when in use. Many areas I drive in have poor or intermittent network connectivity. Please make the Waze client more tolerant of poor network connections by caching more data of the surrounding map and allow journey data (including new roads) to be cached on the client and uploaded at a later time. Not all areas can rely on good 3G/UMTS network connectivity
Once Waze loses network connectivity, it's done. It will only display "Searching for network..." for the rest of the trip. Closing the app completely for at least 5 minutes is the only fix.
Nancy Hoffman commented
My friend shared his 7 hour trip with me. I am unable to follow it because of various errors... address is wrong, can t connect to network etc. I can find no information on how to fix this. It is extremely frustrating.
On his last trip, I followed him fine and then lost him and couldn't get him back. Cant you at least have info somewhere about how to fix these problems? i can't even figure out who to call.
Like when you drive thru a fast food place or a remembered wifi. WAZE can't seem to get back to the cell network again.
For me the new upgrade crashes every time I open the app in a poor signal area and keeps on crashing until I am in a strong signal area, then its fine, even in low signal areas, next day same problem again, it also crashes when leaving my home switching from wifi to cellular, it seems very unstable on my phone.
Agree I had to drive a local road many times the paver just kept giving up because of no connectivity. Additionally waze would always route you into traffic because no one was able to report the issues.
Chris Compo commented
Something needs sorting. Waze sometimes tells me it has no signal. My phone on the other hand confirms full 4 G signal. So the issue must be with waze servers or they way it stores map info to the device. Now the s7 supports SD cards, guess that is an option.
I too use WiFi since I have a WiFi only tablet. I can use Waze to plan a route - OK, I won't get traffic alerts - but having driven a few miles Waze goes into a 'sulk' because I have not followed a turn and it is trying to find the network to calculate my best move. Even when I am back on route. It is the far end of a journey where I most need navigation aids and by then Waze has given up.
David Grimes commented
I use WiFi for all of my data. I live and work in Comcast land where all of the modems are hotspots for customers. I connect and disconnect to wifi multiple times. Until recently, waze worked fine. It would connect not get all of the data and go back to the previous route. Now when it connect if it does not get all of the data, it deletes my route information. This is a real problem when I am trying to use it to get to somewhere new. I connect at home or work, get a route then start my drive. If I forget to turn off my wifi, I loose my route and can not get it back until I find a stable wifi signal (like a McDonalds or Starbucks). It has become a real pain to the point that I don't use Waze much anymore.
Mike Hammett commented
Caching reports seems like a no-brainer. How many years will it take to implement?
David Webb commented
Florida Highway Patrol appear to have some type of network jamming capability in their vehicles. When a FHP car is stopped at an accident, it's impossible to report the accident because Waze reports that there is no network connection.
I'd like for Waze to accept the report for the GPS location where I began submitting the report and to send it as soon as possible. There is no need to notify me that there is no network connection, just take the report and upload it within the next few miles.
Antonio Augusto commented
I travel a lot and this same happens with me. Please, put off-line cache.
Randhir V commented
I use Verizon which doesn't allow data traffic while a call is in progress. When I start Waze and then get on a call and then disconnect, Waze doesn't seem to recover quite well. It still thinks there is no internet connectivity even though there is. I have to force quit the app and then things work but it is a bit annoying.
Dennis Pidduck commented
I live in an area where, due to the geography, there are quite a few cellular dead spots. One of these is a dangerous mountain pass. However, I cannot report hazardous conditions or accidents in this area because I lack a network connection. The client should cache this report and upload it once a network connection is re-established.
Dignity Matters commented
my comments on
should apply here equally well
and combine with suggested dead-reckoning
Improve app STABILITY when
- there is no or weak network
- changing providers (e.g. commuting between DE and CH requires to change my SIM card. After the switch the app (v220.127.116.11) regularly crashes, especially if network coverage is not sufficient)
device control commented
There are plenty of features other than GPS to facilitate navigation
Maybe I'm just lucky, but places where waze tends to give me "wrong" instructions also seem to coincide with places with poor coverage. When I ignore waze telling me to do something stupid it then reroutes ... only it can't contact the routing server. Waze needs to fall back to client/phone based routing a lot quicker and not freeze the whole app whilst waiting for the routing server to respond (or not).
Jean-Daniel SEYRES commented
I think you should save position and action when user make a report, and send it when you can. If I see a problem and I try to report it, I'm not gonna do 5mn later...
So save it, and send it when you can, in background.
I find it usually does a pretty good job, but it has a tendency to freeze when it first re-gains internet access. And if it looses access again whilst frozen (whilst re-syncing I guess) has a tendency to crash and take phone with it.