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    John Ostrowick commented  · 

    In my view we need the following routing options: a. Left (or right) turns only - to minimise crossing "oncoming" traffic. b. As the crow flies (straightest). c. Minimum turns (even if it is longer). d. Minimum roadworks. e. Minimum traffic. f. Minimum speedbumps (they are seldom correctly marked and damage your car's suspension). g. No dirt roads. h. No toll roads. Currently you only offer dirt/toll avoidance as options, and currently it seems to favour "as the crow flies" which ends up making you perform zigzags through cities. We need more relevant options. I find that just tolerating a traffic jam reduces the number of turns I have to make and generally only wastes 1-2 minutes. I am prepared to take 1-2 minutes longer if I do not have to turn.

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    John Ostrowick commented  · 

    Quite often, what I do to avoid your routing algorithm's excessive turns, is I will identify a target turning point on the map and use it as a stopover point on the route, to force waze to minimise turns. I can send you screen shots to show you what I mean.

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    John Ostrowick commented  · 

    Please take the above seriously. It was VERY dangerous. The stopped vehicle was stopped IN THE ROAD but the other TWO were stopped on the shoulder. The middle one was NOT the same as the others but Waze assumed it was, and merged it with the LAST one, which made it especially dangerous because you'd not anticipate it due to the road curve.

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    John Ostrowick commented  · 

    speed bumps - please can we mark them??

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    John Ostrowick commented  · 

    This is really important. Our roads department is very neglectful and often forgets to paint them in a visible way, so when you hit them at even 50kmh it really hurts.

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    John Ostrowick commented  · 

    Definitely. In South Africa, pedestrians always jaywalk... it's commonplace to have people running across motorways.

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    John Ostrowick commented  · 

    The reason for a walking mode (to the naysayers below) is one doesn't want yet another app with yet another interface for the same thing: navigation. I don't use waze ONLY to get around traffic jams; I use it to navigate generally.

    For example, I'd really like to be able to tell a friend in a big mall (we have very big malls here), where I am, by sharing my location within waze. Similarly, if I catch a train to another city, and have to walk to my destination, I want to know WHERE IT IS, and waze can tell me that... the traffic conditions aside, I still want to know where it is and how long it will take me to get there.

    Lastly, google maps has it. So please implement it (no walkways needed, just the roads are fine).

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    John Ostrowick commented  · 

    Definitely. Please add!

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    John Ostrowick commented  · 

    I preferred the previous arrangement where you could share your drive with ANYONE, via SMS/iMessage, instead of them having to actually be signed in to waze at the time. Now, idiotically, I can't tell my wife how long I'm going to take to get home... why? Because she's not got waze open, signed in, and her life history and private data sold with her soul to you... Lame. Please fix.

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    John Ostrowick commented  · 

    Please let us sign up via Facebook. It's tiresome having to create new accounts with every app out there. I'd rather have a centralised authentication system of some kind. Many blogging sites and news sites let you comment now via your FB profile.

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    John Ostrowick commented  · 

    Hi. Currently when you search for a destination and try to navigate to it, it seems to use Waze's maps, which seem to be primarily USA-based. So for example I searched for Boksburg, ZA, and it came up with Bossburg, USA. Surely if Waze knows where I am based on my GPS location, it should search destinations nearer to me? I found that the only way I could get directions to Boksburg, ZA was to switch to google maps. Now, Google maps are more thorough and more widely maintained by a larger community. So it really, to my mind, makes no sense at all to use anything other than google maps. Please make this the default, or at least let users select the default map provider in the preferences. (Oh and show the map fullscreen, not this little postage stamp in the middle).

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