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Waze update offers real-time road closure facility

Waze has launched its latest version 3.6 for the Apple and Android operating systems. The application, which now has nearly 40 million drivers worldwide, has just won the ‘Best Overall Mobile App’ category at the 2013 Global Mobile Awards. The 3.6 update now offers new graphic overlays and map views, as well as a newly customized message inbox with multiple message selection. The new version also gives users the ability to report and close roads on the system’s map in real-time. Roads that are unexpectedly closed due to accidents, floods, landslips or construction hazards, can now be reported by Waze users, in order to help the crowd-sourced community avoid delays and traffic congestion by diverting around the affected route.

On encountering a road closure, the user can tap on the system’s closure icon in the report screen, indicate the type of closure on the route and mark how long they anticipate the closure will last. For extended closures, the map editing community will close the roads via the system’s map editor. Once a road closure is properly reported and confirmed, Waze will close off the road and route others around it. The company has ‘smart systems’ in place to ensure accuracy and predict reality. Waze will only close down a road once its algorithm has enough evidence to discount the possibility of error. Once the system detects cars driving on a closed off street, it will automatically return the road to its normal status and routing will resume as normal.

March 4, 2013

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