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If you positively have to be somewhere on time or spend a great deal of time driving from place to place, you should consider adding the Waze app to your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch or Android devices. The app incorporates the collective knowledge of user community to inform you about traffic, detours, accidents and even potholes in real time.
The Waze community is nearly 40 million strong. Their claim is that you can join forces with other drivers nearby to outsmart traffic, save time and gas money, and improve everyone’s daily commute. The goal is to always find the best way to get you to your destination as easily and quickly as possible. If you drive with Waze app open, the GPS-based navigation on your device allows for real-time traffic data to be collected and alerts to be sent about what’s happening along your route.
You can also take an active part by reporting accidents, hazards and other events you see on the road. Another nice feature for those who want to save money is information about the cheapest gas prices along your route.
Waze was bought by Google in 2013 and can be downloaded for Free. There is a new version available as of April 2015, the Waze version 3.9.4. Several improvements were added such as faster and smoother navigation, quicker route selection, support for U-turns and improved re-routing. You now can get a confirmation when sending your ETA and receive an instant response “Got it, thanks.” The Waze “Let’s go via” voice instruction helps tell you the route you are taking and the new traffic bar shows how long you will be in a jam and tracks your progress as you go.