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Working Together to Help Communities Navigate COVID-19

Waze
Waze
Apr 15 · 4 min read
Waze Crisis Response supports non profits, volunteer map editors, and public agencies
Waze Crisis Response supports non profits, volunteer map editors, and public agencies

Important Data for Essential Drives

Our aggregated, anonymized data can help cities and citizens better understand COVID-19 traffic and congestion trends in their area. It probably comes as no surprise that our data shows people around the world have stopped driving in dramatic numbers over the last months. Waze users globally are driving 60% fewer miles compared to the February daily average for a two-week period (2/11/2020–2/25/2020).

Average daily percent change in driven miles; March 1, 2020-April 10, 2020
Average daily percent change in driven miles; March 1, 2020-April 10, 2020
Percent change driven miles by day: United States, Malaysia, France, Spain, Italy. March 1, 2020-April 10, 2020
Percent change driven miles by day: United States, Malaysia, France, Spain, Italy. March 1, 2020-April 10, 2020
Percent change in driven miles by day in Italy, March 1, 2020-April 10, 2020
Percent change in driven miles by day in Italy, March 1, 2020-April 10, 2020

How the Waze Community is Helping

Our maps are maintained by a global community of more than 30,000 monthly active Map Editors. This passionate community came together in February with our Waze Crisis Response team and are currently supporting 58 countries (and counting) with region-specific relief efforts. Their work has ensured our maps stay up-to-date with road closures, red zones, and more, so that drivers can safely get where they’re going.

Waze Crisis Response includes exchanging information across Non Profits, Public Agencies, and Volunteer Map Editors.
Waze Crisis Response includes exchanging information across Non Profits, Public Agencies, and Volunteer Map Editors.

Supporting Local Businesses

Based on the needs of our advertiser partners, we have quickly rolled out a new feature to identify locations with drive-thru and curbside pickup to let users know where they can access products such as food and other essentials, with minimal contact. With Location Personalities, businesses can use unique badges to clearly show that they offer alternate pick-up options, while drivers can easily search, filter, and navigate to these locations and remain compliant with social distancing guidelines. Businesses who need to update their information can do so in a few simple steps or contact our support team for help.

Supporting local businesses with unique badges to clearly show pick-up options, including drive-thru and curbside pickup
Supporting local businesses with unique badges to clearly show pick-up options, including drive-thru and curbside pickup

How can you help?

The more up-to-date the map, the more drivers we can help, and the more people we can keep safe. If you are part of a government or local authority, please share information on the locations of medical testing centers, emergency food distribution centers, and road closures.



Waze

Waze creates community on and off the road.

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Waze

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.

Waze

Written by

Waze

Waze

Waze

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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