As millions of Los Angelenos hit the road to celebrate Thanksgiving with their families, they’re bound to hit some traffic along the way.
Southern California is notorious for its congested roadways, but one app aims to make your drive just a little less stressful.
This morning, he called up Waze’s senior director of communication, Julie, to find out how the Google-owned app can help us all during our holiday travels.
Waze is a free social traffic and navigation app that uses real-time road reports from drivers to help you avoid major problem areas.
“We take a look at people’s speeds on the road, just by looking at your GPS, we can tell how fast people are going and we can route you around traffic, so it’s kind of as simple as that,” Julie explained. “It will save you at least 10 minutes every time you get into the car.”
It’s a community-driven app, so the more people who use it, the more accurate the data becomes.
In addition to real-time speeds, users can also report accidents, construction zones, and gas prices, but only if they’re not the one with their hands on the wheel, of course.
“Driving staring at your phone sounds pretty dangerous, so it’s not something we want you guys doing,” she cautioned. “Think of it as a traditional GPS where we have voice navigation, except the voice is smarter than normal. So, the voice is already looking ahead for you. It can say, ‘Okay, you know, the 60 really looks like the better choice. In three miles, make a right.'”
- Will you be hitting the road for Thanksgiving? Share with us your best traffic tips in the comments section!
-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles