Waze has a new safety feature that issues an alert when a driver approaches a particularly accident-prone section of their route. Waze’s blog post says the feature, which has been in beta since last year, uses “historical crash data and important information about your route” like traffic levels or what type of road it is, to generate warnings. Uses.
Seeing whether a route is accident-prone means drivers can be more cautious, or so Waze hopes. The Google Help page says that Crash History Alerts doesn’t distinguish between major and minor events, so knowing what you’re getting into – and whether you should consider another route – can be tough. But such alerts need to strike a balance between being informative and not being distracting, so that it makes sense.
Waze’s PR head Caroline Bordeaux clarified the verge The warnings, which are based on community alerts, do not take into account whether car crashes involve other vehicles, pedestrians or cyclists, an email said.
In December last year, the company moved the Waze team to Google’s Geo division, where Google Earth, Google Maps, and Street View reside, before removing some of them a few months later. Waze says this feature is available now – I see it in Waze on my iOS and Android devices, but you can check for it by going to Settings > Alerts & Reports > Reports.