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I understand that Waze uses historical information plus telemetry from Waze users to forecast traffic conditions. This usually works, but fails dramatically when traffic is atypical such as on a holiday like Veteran's Day (which was two days ago) in the US. Waze initially predicted that my drive to work would take 1h12. It actually took 42 minutes, during which I received a few "traffic has cleared up ahead" messages and one "traffic has gotten worse message" with a predicted seven minute delay (which was quickly negated by a seven minute gain from "clearing").
I'm certain that there weren't any significant delays on my route. How can Waze be improved to handle atypical traffic days like this? Possible alternatives:
1 Add a feature allowing a day to be designated as "atypical," which would then result in less reliance on history?
2 Allow the day to be identified by name so that history for that same day in prior years can be used for predictive purposes?
3 Change Waze to identify atypical traffic days when traffic doesn't build as it typically does?
4 Reduce reliance on history?