Waze Launches First Real-Time Community Voice Alerts to Warn Fellow iPhone Drivers of Road Hazards Ahead
New voice prompts help drivers keep each other alert to road conditions
(Palo Alto, Ca.) February 8 -- Waze, developer of the world’s first social navigation app, today announced the launch of the first voice-based hazard reporting feature for GPS commuters and travelers worldwide. With this added functionality, waze is further empowering its iPhone community to help each other stay alert and get to their destinations safely.
The new feature set allows users to report a wide range of road hazards, weather conditions, and potentially dangerous obstacles with minimal interaction with the app. Once a hazard is spotted, users can record a brief voice-description and share it with others in their area. Those en route towards the hazard will be warned by their fellow wazer’s voice-alert beforehand and be potentially rerouted to avoid any danger. In this manner, waze encourages drivers to “pay it forward” and help others stay alert to road conditions.
• Real-time user-voice reporting of hazards including:
• Traffic & accidents ahead
• Dangerous weather conditions including ice, heavy snow, and flooding
According to the most recent U.S. Census statistical abstract, there were close to ten million car accidents in 2008. In New York State, 2009 yielded over 58,000 accidents related to environmental factors alone, according the DMV. In 2011, waze believes people can reduce these statistics by working together to create a dynamic, community-operated alert system to help make roads safer for everyone.
“Everyday, drivers are faced with any number of dangers on the road including ice, accidents, and flooding for example. The unpredictable nature of these hazards and lack of immediate road data leaves drivers vulnerable to the conditions ahead,” said Noam Bardin, CEO of waze. “The only way this information can be collected and distributed in real-time is by the initiative of group-minded individuals and a means to warn their fellow drivers.”
Updates to the Android, Symbian, Blackberry, and WinMo editions will be announced soon.
Waze is available in the Apple AppStore and Android Market Place and can be downloaded from the Waze web site for Symbian and Windows Mobile devices. To learn more about waze, visit www.waze.com or @waze on Twitter.
Waze is a free mobile navigation application that allows drivers to build and use live maps, real-time traffic updates and turn-by-turn navigation to improve their daily commute. Waze also has a social element that gives drivers the ability to actively update one other on traffic, police traps, construction, speed cams and more – and because it’s 100% user-generated, the more people who use Waze, the better (and more fun) it gets!
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