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''This forms part of [[Main Page| Australian Editing Best Practice]]. Editors are encouraged to follow these guidelines.''
==Road Naming== Following the principle of least surprise, roads should be named using whatever is displayed on the majority of street signs. If a driver can match what they see on a sign with the instructions they hear they will be less distracted. This mainly applies to highway naming but can also be seen in areas where local council and state roads overlap.* If the signage provides guidance with a road name, that should be used as the primary name in the Waze map - for example A1 - Main St. The highway name should be added as an alternate name.* If the signage indicates the route number or highway name, then that should be the primary name and the local road name should be added as an alternate name.* If the displayed name is wrong or some signs have a different name, add the other names as alternate names.While it is preferable for the highway name to take precedence, the name that is most displayed should be used. The route number should continue to be added as an alternate for route continuity. === Highway Types ===*Freeways by design should not need alternate names. There may however be cases where they are required. This is most likely to be in regional areas.*Major Route types (Freeways, Ramps, Major Highways and Minor Highways) should have no city name in the primary. All other navigable road types should have a city name.*Alternative Names:**Route number with no city (where the segment is part of a numbered route)**Highway name with city**Any other name used for local referenceExample names for a segment: (note that the order of Alternate names is not significant and not all segments will have all alternates){| class="wikitable"!Name Type!Street!City!Country|-|Primary|A1 - Pacific Hwy|''None'' (select None checkbox) |Australia|-|Alternate|A1|''None'' (select None checkbox)|''(N/A)''|-|Alternate|Pacific Hwy|Batemans Bay|''(N/A)''|-|Alternate|Vesper St|Batemans Bay|''(N/A)''|}=={{Anchor|Road Name and Number}}Route Numbering==
As the first country in Waze, Australia has a complete set of automatically generated road shields. They are generated by the system, if a certain pattern in applying the Road Name & Number is observed. Please note that this is a special process: it is only running once a week and has to be implemented in the tile build too. So it may take up to two weeks, before a new edited shield appears in the client.
| C234 - Example Rd
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In cases where two routes share the same road, the through route should be the Primary Name with the second route added as an Alternate. If neither is the clear through route then the primary should be the higher type of the two, or the longer route shared if they are of the same type.
==Abbreviations and acronyms==
We decided long ago to use abbreviations (Rd instead of Road) and made an extra page for it, because all abbreviations have to be introduced to text to speech (TTS ) for proper pronunciation. For place, feature, roadway & traverseable traversable path naming, please see:
[[Abbreviations and Acronyms|Abbreviations and acronyms (Australia)]]
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*Road Type: Freeway Also known as Motorway if using English (or Motorway for en-GBUK)*City: activate None checkbox*Name: &lt;Mx&gt;" - "&lt;Name&gt; i.e. "M3 - Eastern Fwy"*Add Alternative Name: <Mx>, with None checkbox activated i.e. "M3"
=== Major Highway Ramp ===
{| class="wikitable unsortable" style="background:white; font-size:80%; margin: 1em auto 1em auto" border="1"
! Description
|-
| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Highway_(Australia) Major Highway]Ramp| National highways. Usually designated by goldTypically the entry and exit roads for Freeways or Freeway-on-green shields with the word "National" written at the topstyled roads. May contain alphanumeric numbering with the letter "A" at the start This road type has several unique properties that allow it to be useful in a variety of the numberscenarios. These special road types are never pruned in long-distance routing checks, have unique TTS properties, or may just suitable for use a numberas wayfinders and other special case scenarios. Also referred to Please do not use this road type in standard connecting roads, as primary routesa standard road type may be sufficient. In rural areas a long way from Always discuss the nearest National or A route, some B routes have been promoted use of ramps before application to Major Highways to aid long-distance routingthe map.
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*Road Type: Major Highway*Street: &lt;Axx&gt;" - "&lt;Name&gt; i.eRamp naming differs to other segment types. "A1 - Pacific Hwy" or<br />&lt;NHxx&gt;" - "&lt;Name&gt; i.e. "NH1 - Stuart Hwy"*City: activate None checkbox*Alternative Name:**Street: <Axx> (i.e. "A31" or "NH1")**City: activate None checkbox*Alternative Name:**Street: <Name>**City: City Name as per See [[Australian City Road Names#On and Off ramps|Australian City Namingnaming convention below]] (or None selected in a rural area where there is no appropriate city/town/etc.) (i.e. Pacific Hwy, Batemans Bay)*Optional Alternative Name: If the segment has another name used for local reference (postal deliveries etc.), add that too, in the standard way for Primary Streets or Streets. Example names for a segment: (note that the order of Alternate names is not significant)=== Major Highway === {| class="wikitableunsortable" style="background:white; font-size:80%; margin: 1em auto 1em auto" border="1"!Name Type!Street!City!Country
|-
|Primary! Waze Road Type|A1 - Pacific Hwy|''None'' (select None checkbox) |Australia! Description
|-
|Alternate|A1|''None'' [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Highway_(select None checkboxAustralia)Major Highway]|''(N/National highways. Usually designated by gold-on-green shields with the word "National" written at the top. May contain alphanumeric numbering with the letter "A)''|-|Alternate|Pacific Hwy|Batemans Bay|''(N/" at the start of the number, or may just use a number. Also referred to as primary routes. In rural areas a long way from the nearest National or A)''|route, some B routes have been promoted to Major Highways to aid long-|Alternate|Vesper St|Batemans Bay|''(N/A)''distance routing.
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=== Minor Highway ===
| State highways or State Roads. Usually designated by a numbered white-on-blue bullet sign, or by a gold-on-green alphanumeric designation starting with the letter "B" or "C". Also referred to as secondary and tertiary routes. In rural areas a long way from the nearest B or C route or State Road, some of the longer primary routes between towns have been promoted to Minor Highway to aid long-distance routing.
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*Road Type: Minor Highway
*Street: <Bxx>" - "<Name> i.e. B23 - Monaro Hwy
*City: activate None checkbox
*Alternative Name:
**Street: <Bxx> or <Cxxx> or <SRxx> (i.e. "SR8" or "B23")
**City: activate None checkbox
*Alternative Name:
**Street: <Name>
**City: City Name as per [[Australian City Names|Australian City Naming]] (or None selected in a rural area where there is no appropriate city/town/etc.) (i.e. Pacific Hwy, Batemans Bay)
*Optional Alternative Name: If the segment has another name used for local reference (postal deliveries etc.), add that too, in the standard way for Primary Streets or Streets.
 
Example names for a segment: (note that the order of Alternate names is not significant)
{| class="wikitable"
!Name Type
!Street
!City
!Country
|-
|Primary
|B72 - Snowy Mountains Hwy
|''None'' (select None checkbox)
|Australia
|-
|Alternate
|B72
|''None'' (select None checkbox)
|''(N/A)''
|-
|Alternate
|Snowy Mountains Hwy
|Cooma
|''(N/A)''
|-
|Alternate
|Sharp St
|Cooma
|''(N/A)''
|}
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=== Primary Street ===
| Main Roads, Regional Roads, Tourist Drives, Scenic Drives, etc that are not classified as highways. They connect suburbs and towns. May also include roads designated as "D" roads in some states. Also referred to as tertiary routes. In rural areas where there is no more major road present, the main route connecting two towns should be marked as a Primary Street.
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*Road Type: Primary Street
*City: City Name, see [[Australian City Names|Australian City Naming]]
*Name: &lt;TRxxx&gt;" - "&lt;Name&gt; i.e. "TR10 - Princes Hwy" if it has a number, otherwise Street name according to postal addres
=== Street ===
{| class="wikitable unsortable" style="background:white; font-size:80%; width: 100%; margin: 1em auto 1em auto0px" border="1"
|-
! Waze Road Type
| Urban streets and rural roads not identified above. Use also when in doubt of proper street type.
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 *Road Type: Street*City: City Name, see [[Australian City Names|Australian City Naming]]*Name: Street name according to postal addressmay be blank (''None'' selected) if not known or a special purpose (e.g. slip lane).
=== Private Road ===
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*Road Type: Private Road*City: City Name, see [[Australian City Names|Australian City Naming]]*Name: Street name according to postal address may be named (as shown on signage) or blank (none''None'' selected) checkbox.
=== Parking Lot Road ===
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*Road Type: Street name should have ''None'' selected.*Also known as Parking Lot Road if using English (or Parking UK). === Off-road / Not maintained === {| class="wikitable unsortable" style="background:white; font-size:80%; margin: 1em auto 1em auto" border="1"|-! Waze Road for enType! Description|-GB)*City: City Name, see [[Australian City Names|Australian City Naming]]Off-road / Not Maintained*Name: (None) checkbox| A road which is not suitable for normal vehicles. This road type was originally the only way to indicate that a road was unpaved. Current practice is to use the "unpaved" flag for such roads, in combination with a road type such as "Private" or "Street". There are many roads in rural areas which haven't yet been updated in this way. |}
=== Narrow Street ===
| This is a special road type. It applies a significant penalty of around 5-8 minutes for unbroken segment transition normally, but no penalty for motorbikes. This is NOT intended for use in mapping "laneways", as the width of the road must not exceed 2.2m for one-way , or 4m for two-way (guidelines).
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*Road Type: Narrow Street
*City: City Name, see [[Australian City Names|Australian City Naming]]
*Name: Street name according to postal address
<p style="color: red;">Note: this Road type's usage conditions are still under revision. Please contact your State Manager or Country Manager for more information and guidance on how to use it.</p>
Ramps lock level (revised procedure from Nov 2015):
<span style="color:blue">'''L3'''</span>
<p>For Ramps are a connection of the high level road grid to the local travel roadsystem road system they serve as a kind of gateway - from streets between Streets and primary streets Primary Streets (usually L1lock level 1 to 2) to and Highways and Freeways (L3 lock level 3 to L55). To have them under control of the appointed AM they are to be locked as L3, regardless of the lock level of the connected segments.</p>[[File:Melbourne Exit Numbers 1.jpg|right|thumb|250px|Exit Signage along M1 - West Gate Fwy]][[File:Melbourne Exit Numbers 2.jpg|right|thumb|250px|Exit signage along M1 - Monash Fwy]]
For the best balance between information and screen real estate, the following conventions are used. As a general rule ramp names should match exactly the Big Green Sign (BGS) which is at or immediately before the exit or entry. All ramps will be set as the 'ramp' type in the Waze Map Editor. The route number(s) (if applicable), the name of the road and destination(s) should all be added for clear guidance to be given when using the Waze app.
===Off ramps to non-freeway style roads and freeway to freeway ramps===
* If the ramp exit sign shows a number as well as a street or highway name, it should be named "Exit 15: SR16 - Police Rd". <u>'''See examples 1, 2 & 3.'''</u>
* If a ramp exit number contains one or more letters, include it exactly as displayed on the sign: '''<u>See Example 3a.</u>'''
** ''A colon has been added because it adds a pause, which makes the Text-to-Speech directions easier to understand.''
* If the ramp exit is not numbered, "to C722 - Donnybrook Rd" will do. The colon is not necessary when there is no exit number. <u>'''See Example 3.'''</u>
* If a single ramp serves multiple roads / localities, use a slash with leading and trailing spaces: '''<u>See Examples 4, 5, 6 & 7.</u>'''
* If the ramp does not have a road name on it, but does have a route number with or without destinations, then follow the sign that is nearest to the exit, as closely as possible. '''<u>See Examples 8 & 9.</u>'''
** ''This is often the case on country or regional roads where a C-route number is displayed on the exit sign, but the road name is not shown.''
* If the ramp has destinations but no road name or route number, include "Exit to" and the destinations. '''<u>See Example 10.</u>'''
** ''This is because voice navigation precedes the ramp name with "Exit left onto", meaning "Exit left onto Goulburn" would not make sense. "Exit left onto Exit to Goulburn" would be less confusing to the driver.''
 
====== '''Table of Exit ramp naming standards''' ======
{| class="wikitable"
!^
!Exit Num?
!Route Number?
!Street Name?
!Locality?
!Example of NAme
|-
|1
|Yes
|Yes
|Yes
|Yes
|Exit 15: SR16 - Police Rd to Madeupville
|-
|2
|Yes
|Yes
|Yes
|No
|Exit 15: SR16 - Police Rd
|-
|3
|Multiple
|Multiple
|Multiple
|No
|Exits 15 / 16: SR16 - Police Rd / M3 - EastLink
|-
|3a
|Yes
|Yes
|Yes
|No
|Exit W2: ALTNR1 - Kings Way
|-
|4
|No
|Yes
|Yes
|No
|to C722 - Donnybrook Rd
|-
|5
|No
|Yes
|Multiple
|No
|to SR56 - Valley Way / Princeton Rd
|-
|6
|No
|Yes
|Multiple
|Yes
|to SR56 - Valley Way / Princeton Rd to Brusselton
|-
|7
|No
|Yes
|Multiple
|Multiple
|to SR56 - Valley Way / Princeton Rd to Brusselton / Rosebud
|-
|8
|No
|Yes
|No
|Yes
|to C789 to Rosebud
|-
|9
|No
|Yes
|No
|Multiple
|to C789 to Rosebud / Dromana
|-
|10
|No
|No
|No
|Yes
|Exit to Goulburn
|-
|11
|No
|No
|Yes
|Yes
|to Princes Hwy to Sutherland
|}
Where the ramp connects two roads that have route numbers, the ramp should have one alternative name with the route number (None for city) for ''each'' of the routes. For example, a ramp that connects "M31 - Hume Hwy" to "A23 - Barton Hwy" should have two alternative names, "M31" and "A23".
* If the ramp exit sign shows a number as well as a street or highway name, it Ramps should be named "Exit 15: SR16 - Police Rd".** A colon has been added because it adds a pause, which makes the Text-to-Speech directions easier to understand.* If the ramp exit is not numbered, "to C722 - Donnybrook Rd" will dohave city names. The colon is not necessary when there is no exit number.* If a single ramp serves multiple roads, use a slash with leading and trailing spaces: "Exits 15 / 16: SR16 - Police Rd / M3 - EastLink".** "to SR56 - Valley Way / Princeton Rd".* If a ramp exit number contains one or more letters, include it exactly as displayed on the sign: "Exit W2: ALTNR1 - Kings Way".* Where the ramp connects two roads that have route numbers, the ramp should have one alternative name with the route number (None for city) for ''eachNone'' of the routes. For example, a ramp that connects "M31 - Hume Hwy" to "A23 - Barton Hwy" checkbox should have two alternative names, "M31" and "A23".* If the ramp does not have a road name on it, but does have a route number with or without destinations, then follow the sign that is nearest to the exit, as closely as possible. For example, "to C789 to Rosebud / Dromana".** This is often the case on country or regional roads where a C-route number is displayed on the exit sign, but the road name is not shown.* If the ramp has destinations but no road name or route number, then include "Exit to" and the destinations. For example, "Exit to Rosebud / McCrae", if the sign is only labelled "Rosebud / McCrae".** This is because voice navigation precedes the ramp name with "Exit left onto", meaning "Exit left onto Rosebud" would not make sense. "Exit left onto Exit to Rosebud / McCrae" would be less confusing to the driveractivated.
====Off ramps that '''don't have''' a fork along them====
====Off ramps that '''do have''' a fork along them====
For these ramps, some minor additions need to be made to the segment positioning to enable correct TTS (text to speech(TTS) instructions from the app.* Small 90 15-25 degree angles are to made to the 2 fork segments which come out of the fork node ''(refer to Detail #1 on image below)''. This is so that the spoken instructions say "turn keep left" or "turn keep right" as appropriate.* The ramps which join the non-freeway style road need to have a less than 45° join angle at the end ''(refer to Detail #2 on image below)''turn instruction if appropriate. That is, the angle needs to This can be quite narrow, so it appears as done using geometry measures or a continuation to Waze and therefore has no instruction givenTurn Instruction Override (TIO)The following naming conventions are to be used:
=====For the segment '''before the fork''':=====
Follow the ramp naming conventions listed above, for example "to A1 - Princes Hwyto Rockdale / Hurstville".
=====For the segments '''after the fork''':=====
* "A1 - Princes Hwy to WollongongHurstville". (e.g. for one fork)* "A1 - Princes Hwy to SydneyRockdale". (e.g. for the other fork)
===On ramps from non-freeway style roads===
For on ramps, use this format. For example:
* "to M1 - Monash Fwy to Chadstone / City"
<div style=The word "clear:both;Entry"></div>may be used to precede this format in Service Stations and inter-freeway roads to prevent confusion when turning back onto ramps.
===Unique scenarios===
If you encounter a uniquely designed interchange or ramp system, and not sure of the best way to name the ramps, then ask for help from other friendly Australian Waze users Country Management over on the [https://www.waze.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=56&t=257551 Australian Waze Forum: Discord Server] or [https://www.waze.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=56Australian Waze Forum].
===Naming===
==Roundabouts==
Roundabouts are special road segments created using the "roundabout" tool under "Road" in WME. Roundabouts need to be configured correctly to aid navigation instructions. Any roundabout with a radius much less than 10 metres will not be visible on the client, so make the roundabout at least this size, even if it appears to overlap the curbs on the aerial photography. (It has also been [https://www.waze.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=375&t=277121&p=1926309 reported] that, if the radius is less than 10 metres, Waze will avoid directing users to make a u-turn using the roundabout.) The radius is displayed in the editor while you're drawing the roundabout.
In Australia, roundabouts are configured as follows:
* '''Speed: Blank'''
** Rationale: Speeds on roundabouts serve no purpose and risk distracting the driver with an excessive speed warning tone while executing a complicated driving manoeuvre. Roundabouts with speed should be configured as per above.
* '''Road Type: See [[global:Roundabouts/USA#Road_type|Roundabout Road Types]]Highest connecting road type'''** Rationale: The purpose of this configuration is to assist with routing '''through ''' a roundabout by the routing server. The routing server no longer uses road type when making routes more "attractive" other than long-distance routing. Long distance routing also needs to be considered, as lowering the road type can cause a break in long-distance routes. There are also many edge-case scenarios that a too-low road type can cause.
* '''Lock Level: Highest connecting road lock level'''
** Rationale: Lock levels are used to protect roads and therefore, the roundabout lock level should be set to the highest lock level of the roads connecting to it. For example, if the roundabout connects a street (lock level 1), primary road (lock level 2) and a minor highway (lock level 3), all segments on the roundabout should be set to lock level 3.
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