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    Red_Gear commented  · 

    It is already the case that we give ramps names based on the destinations indicated for them on the Big Green Signs. However, such signs also exist for at-grade intersections, and it would be nice to allow these to be given as verbal guidance. It is not uncommon in some areas for these navigational directions to be far more prominent than signs for the name of the road itself, which would mean allowing Waze to say them would be a big help for drivers.. This could be implemented by allowing editors to give names to specific turns.

    For example, the turn https://www.waze.com/en-US/editor?env=usa&lon=-115.50083&lat=32.79973&zoom=7&segments=505661547,505661549 could be named "SR 111N to Brawley", and the turn https://www.waze.com/en-US/editor?env=usa&lon=-115.50083&lat=32.79973&zoom=7&segments=63551041,63551051 named "SR 111S to Calexico".

    I would note that in the competing application OpenStreetMap, such an ability has been at least nominally implemented since as far back as 2009. See https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Relation:destination_sign for a description.

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    Red_Gear commented  · 

    I'm going to respond with this: IT IS NOT WAZE'S PROBLEM IF YOU DON'T LIKE TRAFFIC ON YOUR STREET. Waze is an app built for, administered by, and paid with the eyeballs of commuters. It is designed for one thing: to get from point A to point B in the quickest way possible. If that happens to go through your neighborhood, then in the short term, tough cookies. If you are not happy with this situation, for reasons of safety or noise or whatever, then it is up to YOU to ask your local municipality to implement traffic calming measures such as speed bumps or legal restrictions. Waze will detect the slowdown in traffic speeds this will cause, and then will no longer be inclined to route people through your area. You can also ask your state legislators to do things to reduce the burden of traffic on the major roads, by either expanding them or increasing subsidies for public transportation.

    People have always found ways to cut around traffic, but historically this has required local knowledge of the roads which was only available to a select number of people. Now the world has changed and information has become liberated, suddenly people start to blame Waze for directing the unwashed hordes of working people through their idyllic little suburbs. Instead of addressing the problems in this country caused by our relentless suburbanization and our utter neglect of transit and infrastructure, you want to foist the burden on those who have been forced out to the hinterlands by a pathological housing market and a dysfunctional political system.

    Yet again, I am stunned by the words and actions of my fellow citizens.

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