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rover4x4 August 24th, 2015 10:01 AM

Waze
 
Probably not really applicable for a Land Rover but how many folks are using this app, does it help with navigation and speed traps? I dont drive very fast but there are some roads down in eastern NC that are posted 55 but good for 65/70+ mph on long stretches.

I generally figure my route using google maps, I do not own a garmin type device or radar detector. I do enjoy having the traffic updates on my smart phone, sometimes you can avoid big jams or wrecks.

rijosho August 24th, 2015 10:09 AM

very useful

Red90 August 24th, 2015 10:11 AM

Yes, provides the most current traffic, road closure and speed trap information. Owned by Google though, so the goberment will know where you are ;)

sonoronos August 24th, 2015 10:14 AM

After Google bought Waze, I haven't found much use for it, at least here in NOVA. All the traffic data from Waze is dumped into Google Maps, so I don't feel like I miss Waze much.

Red90 August 24th, 2015 10:18 AM

There is more than the traffic data though (which is shared through everyone including Garmin). You get the messages from other users and that can be much more up to date. Road closure information and map changes are also much more up to date than anything.

whitelandy33 August 24th, 2015 10:30 AM

Found it useful. But it was a distraction. I never could load "contacts". And they were users of waze.

Ended up removing it. I think it would be good for long road trips where you are caravanning.

rijosho August 24th, 2015 10:35 AM

A bunch of us use it up here when meeting up in Vermont or elsewhere when we can't all drive up together - you can choose to share your trip with others in your group, so they can track your ETA instead of texting you every hour.

RBBailey August 24th, 2015 10:46 AM

It is great for on road use. It does track you when not in use...

What I use for going off the beaten path is Maps.me

I love that you can download individual states, use them completely off line, they don't track you when the app is not in use (I asked them); the maps are easy to read, even with polarized sunglasses on; and they are so detailed that it will show you where the nearest public restroom is, trails, individual boat docks, buildings, bike paths, peaks and valley names and info, etc.... FREE.

sonoronos August 24th, 2015 10:50 AM

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Originally Posted by Red90 (Post 665880)
There is more than the traffic data though (which is shared through everyone including Garmin). You get the messages from other users and that can be much more up to date. Road closure information and map changes are also much more up to date than anything.

It's probably useful up near your parts, but in a dense metro area like NOVA, everything is communicated to you by the 100 cars that are directly in front of you.

Jymmiejamz August 24th, 2015 12:44 PM

It is absolutely essential for driving around NYC.

Red90 August 24th, 2015 01:04 PM

Don't worry. The goberment is tracking all of you regardless. Unless you drive an old vehicle and throw your phone in the garbage, big brother knows all.

Seriously though, it is in the options to continuously provide data (for traffic info) or not.

Cajun August 24th, 2015 01:22 PM

We use on longer trips in the Midwest. Definitely a benefit.

drdread August 24th, 2015 02:38 PM

Since I started using it, refuse to even acknowledge my car nav system. Even the best oem cannot provide all that waze does

LR Max August 24th, 2015 02:40 PM

Pretty crucial here in the big city. Also great for knowing about speed traps.

wanabewheelin August 24th, 2015 03:41 PM

Ditto, here in DC it is a major bonus! When I returned from my tour in Italy I was commuting almost 40 miles 1 way and it was killing me. Then my buddy mentioned Waze and my usual route turned into ok Waze, how am I getting home today. It looks ahead and routes you around traffic if possible.

For example, on a Friday evening it happened to be graduation. The normal 1 1/2 commute was well underway and I was unaware that my normal route took me past at least 1 of the High Schools. Waze was routing me weird, but I didn't question it, it routed me across my normal road and down some country roads. It was the long way around, but the 4 lane road was backed up for miles and would have added another hour onto my normal commute.

I had never been on the roads it routed me on that day . . . having said that, it doesn't always save you, and it isn't a get out of jail free card or a license to drive like an idiot. But it will give you a heads up when there are hazards up ahead, allowing you to be alert.

And yes, there are usually speed camera and red light camera warnings which if you are new to an area can save you a few $$ . . .

It can be a bit distracting, but I take it over a GPS any old day. :thumb:

rover4x4 August 25th, 2015 12:22 PM

I find that all the OEM Navigation systems I encounter are pretty useless

javelinadave August 25th, 2015 12:38 PM

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Originally Posted by rover4x4 (Post 666139)
I find that all the OEM Navigation systems I encounter are pretty useless

My wife drives a Toyota Sequoia with some crazy ass nav system. When we take her vehicle on vacation I use my iPhone nav or the $50 Garmin that my daughter uses in her car. The Sequoia nav is completely user unfriendly and a genuine PITA. I loaded up Waze yesterday on my iPhone before I came home from work. So far I like it.

Rocky August 25th, 2015 01:35 PM

I'm Garmin first with google maps second. Have tried Waze in the past but have not spent enough time with it to be confident in it. Agree that having two different mapping systems has value

LR Max August 25th, 2015 03:01 PM

I concur. I see no reason to keep putting GPS systems into cars.

Google maps is 1st. Then WAZE. Then I'll use a Garmin unit if I know cell service is patchy. My old 176c is a PITA but if I take the time beforehand to set it up properly, its damn good.

down_shift August 25th, 2015 03:14 PM

I've performed the Pepsi challenge between Waze and Google Maps a few times this summer. Use Waze exclusively as it has superior traffic recognition and route changes. Granted, still trying to eliminate the "car parked on shoulder ahead" and a few other alarms. Thankfully the "pothole" hazard can now be turned off. One newer addition that I do not like is the auto summary of warnings or retail advertisements ahead when stopped at a light. If Waze continues to add auto popups, I stop using it.


BTW - shopping for an LR3 last year, having GPS was a rule out. I preferred no GPS, wanting the storage shelf. The i6 rests perfectly on its side there, as well as your sunglasses and other items.


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