Is there empirical evidence that Waze, specifically Waze and not all GPS apps in general, is responsible for the problem in Los Gatos?
If there is a persistent problem in Los Gatos, is there any reason it cannot be resolved through law enforcement and traffic engineering?
Law enforcement for traffic problems would pay for itself with citation revenue, if the problems are as severe as characterized in these comments.
Changes to allowable traffic patterns will naturally filter to GPS based apps, and such changes would appear in Waze far earlier than any other app.
Waze is intended to find the path of least resistance via legally-accessible routes. The solution is not to set an unmanageable precedent for Waze editors to micromanage individual problems and override legal paths of travel. The solution is to actually make those paths of travel illegal or very difficult to use for through traffic, and the problem will solve itself.
I am sure this is an unpopular answer. I feel for you, Los Gatos, I have family from there and you have a special place in my heart. Trying to help you reach the most useful and wide-ranging solution.
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Consider adding an option to report service vehicles stopped on the road and/or shoulder - which is to mean any official vehicle other than law enforcement, which has its own category. Electric utilities, local government maintenance vehicles, fire/rescue, phone/cable vehicles, tow trucks, etc.
I also support the idea of being able to toggle specific warnings on and off. Vehicle on shoulder reports, and red light cameras that I come across regularly and am well aware of, are tiresome.
Also, I vote against trying to come up with "mobile" reports such as cyclists, pedestrians, rolling law enforcement, and things that are moving. There is no way to program anything to predict where these things will go in the next 30 seconds, making 100% of these reports inaccurate within 30 seconds. No thank you.
I also had this idea, but my explanation for it was much broader. This is the content of my post on the forum:
How many times have you been trying to solve turn permissions but street view is out of date or non-existent, but there might be a barrier?
....or trying to correct obviously errant geometry but tree overgrowth hides the actual road and GPS points data is inadequate?
....or there might be a one-way segment or entrance, but again street view isn't helping out?
....or new construction is known to be complete but you have no road naming info?
...or... lol.... you need speed limit data.... and street view fails you yet again?
This feature change request would affect both WME and the App. I'd like to see a way for advanced (L3+ ?) editors be able to place "data requests" on the map that would be visible to advanced Wazers ("Warrior"+ ?) who choose to enable the feature, requesting feedback and specific situations.
Points could be awarded for Wazers who respond to these requests, their presentation on the map would not be unlike the "candies" that sometimes appear. A Wazer sees a data request icon on the map while driving (so they are already near the spot that an editor would like reviewed), they drive to that location and stop in a safe place, click on and open the icon, and see...
"Can drivers turn left (south) across Main Street from Wal Mart?"
"Is 38th Street one-way between Elm and Aspen?"
"Road geometry is incorrect, please run Pave while driving on Somerset from 126th Ave to 140th Ave."
"Is the road construction of the new onramp from Parker to Hwy 52 southbound open yet?"
Responses could be text or photos. Editors would leave these open until resolved. Any response would generate some points for the effort, but the most helpful response could be tagged as such and earn a few more.