The popular Google-owned navigation app Waze is growing smarter than ever. This is because the app, which provides free, crowd-sourced navigation for users, is now helping users avoid traffic jams and road closures by sending notifications well in advance.
Specifically, Waze will let users know when there are road blockages near large events “like concerts and parades,” The Next Web explains, through launching the Waze Global Event Partner Program. This will “allow event organizers and venue owners to share information about road closures in advance or in real-time, so that users of the app can avoid these routes and cut down on the time they spend in traffic.” All of this should make for an even more seamless, hassle-free driving experience when users call on the free iOS app.
Waze has tied up with 20 partners at launch, including the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series and sports teams like the Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins. The new feature will likely become more useful as more partners sign on to send out notifications to users.
Waze has gone from strength to strength in recent years, adding celebrity navigation voices, a smart traffic bar, and schedules for users. Considering the history of navigation apps and, historically, their large price tags on the App Store, Waze was a breath of fresh air due to its free-to-use nature. And most importantly, of course, the app works really well.
You can download Waze on the App Store free of charge, and it's optimized for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.