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Waze is a Google company that provides GPS navigation software. It’s compatible with GPS-enabled cellphones and tablets. While downloading location-dependent information via a mobile telephone network, it gives turn-by-turn navigation information as well as user-submitted journey times and route specifics. Waze promotes its software as a community-driven GPS navigation tool that can be downloaded and used for free.

The Waze program was created by the Israeli startup Waze Mobile. The firm was created by Ehud Shabtai, Amir Shinar, and Uri Levine. Magma and Vertex Ventures Israel, both Israeli venture capital organizations, as well as Bluerun Ventures, an early-stage American venture capital firm, supplied money. Google bought Waze Mobile in June of 2013.

Ehud Shabtai, an Israeli programmer, launched the community project FreeMap Israel in 2006 with the goal of creating a free digital database of the map of Israel in Hebrew, as well as ensuring its open content, maintenance, and dissemination. In order to market the technology, Shabtai founded Waze in 2008. The name of the corporation was changed to Waze Mobile Ltd in 2009.

In the second round of fundraising, the business received $25 million in 2010. The next year, the business raised an additional $30 million in funding. In 2011, the app was upgraded to include real-time, community-curated areas of interest, such as local events like street fairs and protests.

Waze employed 80 workers in December 2011, with 70 in Ra’anana, Israel, and 10 in Palo Alto, California. In November 2012, the firm started monetizing its app by providing resellers and advertisers with a web interface to promote based on location, where a little symbol shows when a phone is near a certain area, pushing the user to interact. It also provides a web interface for TV news stations to broadcast live traffic reports and warnings straight from the Waze app; by June 2013, the service had been utilized by 25 U.S. TV news stations. Since July 24, 2013, it has been deployed at Rio de Janeiro’s Centro de Operaçes Rio (Rio’s Operations Center), as well as in New York and New Jersey since 2012.

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Waze is capable of directing users based on crowdsourced data. Waze users may report a variety of traffic-related issues, including accidents and police traps. Waze uses this information to assist other users by either warning them to the situation ahead or rerouting them to avoid the region completely. Waze relies on information from state authorities for traffic events such as road construction, in addition to user input. The idea is that the more individuals who provide data, the more accurate it will become.

Waze allows registered users to edit the map data itself with the Waze Map Editor, in addition to using crowdsourced information for traffic warnings. Map editors can update the map depending on where they’ve drove while using Waze and their rank, which is determined by how many map adjustments they’ve done. Waze launched a worldwide localization initiative in June 2013 that allows for future road closures and real-time traffic reports during important events in a nation, such as the Tour de France. In the same month, Google bought Waze. Waze had almost 50 million users at the time of Google’s purchase. In 2017, a motorbike option was added, as well as specific routes for persons who are eligible to drive in carpool lanes.

Waze also gives users the option of selecting their navigation voice. Morgan Freeman, T-Pain, DJ Khaled, Arnold SchwarzeneggerCookie Monster, Colonel Sanders, Kevin Hart, Shaq, and others are among the featured voices.

Spotify announced a collaboration with Waze in March 2017 to provide an integrated experience where Wazers may listen to music on Spotify straight from the Waze app and obtain Waze instructions from the Spotify app for Android. The functionality was made accessible on the iOS platform six months later. Waze added the option for users to record their own audio navigation cues in May 2017.

Waze added Android Auto support in August 2018. Following the introduction of iOS 12 in September 2018, Waze added Apple CarPlay support.

Waze announced its cooperation with Pandora, Deezer, iHeart Radio, NPR One, Scribd, Stitcher, and TuneIn for Waze Audio Player in October 2018, with Spotify serving as the company’s first partner. When Waze announced its cooperation in Medium, it suggested joining its beta program to be able to utilize stated services, Android users won’t be able to link Deezer, while iOS users won’t have access to Pandora, NPR, or TuneIn.

Waze’s iOS platform was upgraded in February 2019 to include Siri Shortcuts functionality. In May 2019, the business stated that Pandora, a new streaming service for iOS users, will be added to the audio play function, giving commuters more music selections. Waze launched YouTube Music connectivity to both platforms in August 2019.

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