Waze Beacons arrive in Belgium, Czech Republic, and Chile
Thanks to Waze Community demand and action, more tunnels across Europe and South America are now equipped with Waze Beacons.
Waze Beacons — already live in select cities across the US, France, Italy, Israel, Norway and Brazil — stick to tunnel walls and transmit Bluetooth® signals to save Wazers from losing their way when routing through a tunnel. And now, thanks to the homegrown efforts of the Waze Map Editor Community, they’re helping Wazers navigate 27 tunnels across Belgium, Czech Republic, and Chile. The ability to navigate uninterrupted underground should be shared by the world, after all.
Map Editor Martin and our Czech Republic Waze Community led the first totally community-run Beacon implementation–kicking things off in Jihlava, then Brno. In all, the process of buying and delivering the beacons and installing in eight tunnels took nearly 6 weeks for the six-member team. “We managed to install the 500 meter-long tunnel within two hours — about five minutes per beacon,” says Martin. “We’ve received very positive feedback from our Facebook community. Czech television and some digital news channels channels were also involved in the Beacons program.”
In Santiago, Chile Map Editor Victor learned about Beacons during the 2018 LATAM Mega Meetup. Inspired, Victor got in touch with the Waze team and began mapping tunnels using the Waze Map Editor. The process in Chile took almost 10 months, beginning to end. But with teams of four volunteers, installation itself took only one to five hours for each tunnel. The five tunnels were selected because they were deemed as the most important connectors to major highways between cities,” Victor shares. After some social and local media buzz, Victor revealed that three new Waze Beacon projects are now in the works.”
And in Belgium, the Netherland and Belgium Communities worked together to launch beacons in an impressive 14 tunnels across Antwerp and Brussels.