Waze is an Android app that uses information from drivers to determine traffic volume on all highways and streets in your area. A new Waze widget was displayed at Google's Android booth at the Mobile World Congress, and attracted quite a crowd.
One users comment from the Android Market that I particularly liked was brought to us by 'Hamish'.
"Makes commuting fun. Spread the word. The more people use it, the better it gets."
So, I'm spreading the word Hamish. I can't think of anything that would make commuting fun for me, but if this works I'll give it a try.
Waze is more than just voice-guided navigation, it allows drivers to work together to get the most relevant traffic information, so they may decide on the smartest route available at any given time. It has access to your location, so it knows where you are to figure out what your actual commute times may be.
By tapping a circular graph right on the widget you'll open up a 'Commute-O-Meter that will display commute time predictions over the next few hours. This will help you decide, should I leave early, or can I enjoy that extra cup of coffee? The graph displays heavy traffic in orange and red, so you'll know to avoid driving at those times if possible. All this takes place just using the widget without yet opening the actual app. You can also tap on the widget to open the app. As well as traffic information, Waze will also give you real-time driving directions, and all this for free! We like free, right?
If you don't yet use the Waze app, here is the QR code to scan with your device and install.
The widget should be available in a few weeks. View the following HD video to see the Waze widget in action.