Sunday, November 6, 2016

Waze needs to learn my ways

When I first tried to use Waze, the Israeli developed navigation app Google later purchased, I was not impressed and stayed with Google Maps.

On our visit in March to Israel I saw how every tour operator and taxi driver user loved their home grown app, so when I started my new job and new commute I began using it.

I run the app for the entire commute even though I know the way well.  It warns me of issues that arise since I hit the road and routes me around them.

Every morning though, it asks me to take a route through a small, congested, hilly little town instead of staying on the main route around it.  It makes no sense to me and I expected it would figure out in a few days my preferred route.

No.  It nags me every morning even weeks later.

According to Waze's FAQ :

Waze should always pick what it believes is, mathematically, the fastest or shortest route, depending on your settings. If, in your estimation, it doesn't, that means that there could be an error in the map somewhere along your preferred route, or there is a lack of correct speed/trafficdata for that route, or lack or correct speed/traffic data on the route it is trying to send you on. If it isn't too far out of your way, take the suggested route a few times and Waze will collect and start to use that data in its routing decisions.
Maybe one morning I'll follow their advice, but since I'm going to work in the dark I'm hesitant to do so.

The final part of my morning drive, I have three options for going from the main route to work.  Each morning, it seems to choose one almost at random.

I wish Waze had the ability to explain its decision.  As in "Turn Left on Maple.  The normal route of Elm Street has an accident."

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