Top Five Moments From Waze On

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Sep 15, 2020 · 4 min read

While this year has had its challenges, we’re always focused on moving forward. Which is why today we held our first-ever global virtual event: Waze On. We gathered with Wazers around the world to talk through our new products and features, and the incredible partnerships and communities that drive us.

1. The Road to Ending Traffic

That’s why a few years ago we launched Waze Carpool, which matches people headed in the same direction to save time and money by riding together, enabling some of us to leave our car at home.

Why carpooling? These pictures sum it up:

Although the COVID pandemic has changed the world as we know it, it also gave us a glimpse of what life could be like with less traffic. People now experience traffic-free commutes, cities transformed roads into pedestrian walkways, and parking spaces turned into dining rooms. All of these temporary changes could be permanent in cities of the future, if we all carpooled and removed cars from the roads, freeing up valuable space for other uses.

2. The Power of our Communities

There are five unique communities: Map Editors, Beta Testers, Localizers, Partners, and Carpool — and they’re really the magic that powers Waze. From navigating the complexities of manually mapping thousands of toll booth locations and prices in 40 countries, to adding critical data to the Waze map in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak to help their fellow Wazers get where they needed to be. Want to hear more about the work our community does? Curious to hear it in their words versus our bullet-point list? Learn more about how they’re helping other Wazers and improving the way people get around at waze.com/communities.

3. Reimagining the Waze Experience

Rapha also explained how we are making it easier for people to carpool than ever, with Real-Time Rides and Instant Book (aka Auto-Approve) all significantly increasing the simplicity of finding a ride or drive. With fewer public transit options available as a result of COVID-19, we’re hoping that these features make Carpool an even better solution for those making essential journeys.

4. The Waze Partnership Ecosystem

And speaking of brand partners, Erin talked us through Waze’s new Batman theme — bringing the Caped Crusader and his arch nemesis The Riddler directly to your drives — and gave us a sneak peek at a new Audio Player partner coming to your Waze app later this year!

5. Wazers around the world!

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Waze creates community on and off the road.

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Waze creates community on and off the road. Bringing together drivers, riders, municipalities, first responders and transit authorities, we solve transportation problems, improve mobility and work to end traffic altogether.

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Waze creates community on and off the road. Bringing together drivers, riders, municipalities, first responders and transit authorities, we solve transportation problems, improve mobility and work to end traffic altogether.