I personally depended completely on Google Maps when I first started driving. I liked the multiple route options, the accurate trip estimations, and traffic dependability. However, once I started hearing about the unique features on Waze, my loyalty started to change. Even though both are owned by Google, there are some key differences. Google is your basic GPS navigation map with business details and alternative transportation routes. Waze actually works like a social network, giving you a profile and ability to report what you come across on the roads- collaborating community feedback into a navigation app. Being able to report and foresee a cop on the map was a gamechanger for me being a speed demon. In addition, with the integration of Spotify users do not have to switch between the 2 apps to control music.
Last week, Waze announced that it will support its new carpool service nationwide. It will compete against Uber Pool and Lyft Lines to get multiple people to the same destinations. Riders can filter through different options like ratings, gender, common friends, and jobs to choose their riders/drivers. These drivers are differnt from Uber & Lyft drivers in that they are heading to their day job along with the rider, and do not drive passengers for their income. Drivers can only do this twice a day. Right now, all rides will be $2 a person then 54 cents a mile with the payments all being handled within the app. Deals are being created between universities and employers, such as Amazon. Time and money is saved by people heading to the same places riding together.
Waze’s faults include no walking, biking, and public transportation features. In a big city, that can be the difference between a person choosing another navigation app. Waze also has ads for nearby restaurants, stores, etc when you get near them. There is a lot of clutter and buttons to press making it confusing. I think cleaning up the app will turn even more users loyal to Waze.