Enforce better minimum segment lengths
WME currently allows segment lengths down to 1 m. However, editors are told that Waze will not measure traffic speeds accurately over such short segments and that mapping them could degrade the end-user experience. Different regions may have different recommendations for minimum segment length, but if anybody knows the best minimum length, it should be Waze itself. If Waze will not function properly with extremely short segment lengths, then WME should not allow them.
Thanks for this suggestion. We currently have other features which can account for this, like Roadshields and the towards option.
Editors should continue to avoid creating short segments where they aren't necessary, however this issue will be resolved by other future feature releases.
Waze Communities Team
It does appear that the team missed the suggestion's intent. The suggestion was extremely simple. At present, WME allows any editor, of any experience, for ANY purpose (including as a byproduct of other work or even by accident), to create very short segments with lengths as little as 1 m. Should WME really allow creation of such extremely short segments, when they are said to cause routing problems?
The suggestion had nothing to do with giving advanced editors better ways of adjusting instructions (e.g. with informational short segments).
The staff response suggests that the intent of this suggestion was not understood. We're not talking about wayfinders, we're talking about what happens when an editor unknowingly makes a segment that is short enough to cause routing issues. Alternately, the routing engine could be patched to eliminate this issue in the first place...
Can you explain how Roadshields has anything to do with minimum segment length? What you describe is a rare thing and doesn't work for Android Auto or CarPlay, which are becoming ubiquitous and is a different discussion to be had elsewhere.
Consider a street in a business district. If we map and connecter every parking lot road, in the correct geometry, it can result in very short segments. Are we expected to put a junction box over all of them? Current JB limitations would make this impractical. But knowing the minimum segment length that would allow us to attempt to map to reality. I think Gil would appreciate that.