Waze is an application that uses crowdsourced data to offer real-time traffic information on their GPS application. Waze developed applications on iOS and Android. The company has hit 40 million users. Waze has announced this week that they have launched a new feature which showcases road closures.
Waze users can report accidents and traffic back-ups also. The road closures option gives users an extra way to plug important information into the system. Waze spokesperson Michal Habdank-Kolaczkowski said that users were already putting this information into the system in an ad-hoc way by writing things editing road names to say something like “Nixon Rd CLOSED FOR CONSTRUCTION” according to TechCrunch.
Now you can drop a pin on a location and provide more details like how long you expect the closure to last. Waze will mark a road as closed after enough drivers have reported that there is a closure so that the app ensures accuracy.
The 40 million users on Waze shared 30 million reports in 2012 just in the U.S. There is a community of map editors that have made 500 million edits in the past year.