- 1 Precautions
- 2 Getting started
- 3 Roads
- 4 Adding Places
- 5 Further Details
- Are you working in an area which has not been edited? Segments won't have any road or city names, or direction set yet.
- Are you working in an area which has been edited recently? Remember that this has been done by other editors who have invested their time trying to make the roads and cities as accurate as possible, so please be careful before changing others' work.
- You can always send a Private Message (PM) to the editors whose work you are about to change, as they might be working on a longer-term project to improve a particular area, and your changes might help or hinder this. When editors have invested a lot of time in improving an area, they can be a bit possessive about it, and want to be assured that new editors are going to make changes that improve it further.
- You might see URs on the map. These are reported by users that noticed something wrong or strange on the map. You can respond to them and request more information about the problem, more information about UR's can be found here.
- Do NOT map every road you see. If a road is not accessible to cars, it often is not useful to draw this in Waze. Pedestrian area's are usually only drawn if they are useful for navigational purposes. When in doubt, contact a more experienced editor.
If you have any questions,read the wiki and ask questions in the forums or on Slack. India has its own discussion forum which you should visit regularly. Join in discussions to get clarification for things you don't quite understand. Send PMs to other editors who seem to work in your area. Get to know the Area Managers who have shown good editing skills and have been allocated a specific area to look after.
Above all, use the search feature in both the forums and this wiki to find what's already been asked and answered. And have fun!
Waze is dependant upon it's local communities, a community requires people to communicate and organise. You can find most Waze-editors on the Waze-forum. There's also an Indian subforum for questions about Waze in India or to ask for help in India. You can find the Indian subforum here.
If you want help with, or have a question about a specific area or road, it can be useful to generate a permalink. A permalink is a URL used to take you or someone else directly to a specific map location. It contains latitude, longitude, zoom level, visible layers, and optionally a junction or a place or one or more segments. To create a permalink, zoom and pan the map to show what you want to show. Next, hover the mouse over the permalink icon on the right side of the bottom bar until a message pops up. Then use Ctrl+C to copy the permalink. You can paste this link anywhere you need it.
If you're a first time editor, it can be useful to start in Practice Mode. In Practice Mode you can practice editing without risking damaging the map, since your edits and changes are not saved. For more experienced editors this can also be useful to test out complicated or new road constructions.
To edit in Practice Mode, you go to the editor, and without logging in, click on "Practice Mode".
Indian cities have been growing rapidly, with lots of roads being made and connected to existing roads. If you notice any roads on the satellite layer that has not been added to the base map, please add it. However, ensure that you always verify that the road has been completed and properly connected before extending it.
If you turn on the GPS layer, you can see if the road has been driven on. If the layer doesn’t show any GPS arrows, it’s possible that the road hasn’t been opened for the public, or is just a road that has not been driven on by a Wazer yet.
On the left of the image, running alongside the Yamuna Expressway, there is a service lane that hasn’t been driven on. Leave it like this, if you live in the region, pay the location a visit to see if the road is open and drivable.
- Hover the mouse over the button on the toolbar at the top of the page and click "Road"
- Click the mouse on the map at the point where you want to start the new road segment.
- Move the mouse cursor along the path of the road and click the mouse to add a geometry node for each point that changes direction along the road.
- When finished, double-click the last point to end the segment.
- Select the segment again, and fill in the details of the segment in the menu pane on the left.
- Each segment that is added must have a Country, City, and Street name, under the "Edit" link left. If there is no City and/or Street name available, then the "None" box(es) must be selected, or the segment will not be used in navigation. In the editor, you will see a red outline around the segment (see picture-to be added).
- Be sure the road actually exists before creating it. If you turn on the GPS layer, you can verify if the road has been driven on already. Of course it's also possible that the road exists, but hasn't been driven on by a Wazer yet.
- Always try and find as much detail about the road as you can. Arguably the best source would be the Eicher City Map of the area, if you have it. If you don’t, buy one. It’s a worthwhile resource for a Wazer in India.
Junction & Geometry nodes
- Under the Layer icon at the top right of the Map Editor Tool Bar, you can turn off the road layer , to have a better view on the road structure and Satellite Image.
- More keyboard shortcuts
There are roads with unnecessary Junction Nodes and Geometry Nodes. Junction Nodes that aren’t connected to other streets and are a part of the same road and elevation can be removed. You can click on it and press the trash can icon on the top right of the screen (or press ‘Delete’ on the keyboard).
You will see Geometry Nodes as white circles when you select a segment. You can delete unnecessary ones by hovering the mouse over it and pressing d on your keyboard.
When you select a segment, you can allow or restrict the turns by clicking the arrows at the junction(s) with other segments.
- A green arrow means Allowed
- A yellow arrow with a clock means Partially Restricted (scheduled or vehicle-type based)
- A red arrow with the circle-slash icon means Restricted
- Clicking an arrow toggles between Allowed and Restricted (or, between Partially and Fully Restricted).
In the picture above you can see a pencil next to the name of the road. Clicking this will allow you to edit all the address information. There are many abbreviations for street names, so check here before entering them. If you do not know the name of the road, select "none"; otherwise the road will remain red and you will be mistaken for an inexperienced editor.
DO NOT FORGET to click "Apply" after entering the street and city name
|Major Highway||National Highways(managed by NHAI)|
|Minor Highway||All State Highways and Arterial Roads within Indian Metro Cities|
|Primary Street||Busy Roads within Cities, and/or Feeder Roads to Arterial Roads|
|Parking lot roads||Used for Petrol Stations, Car Parks|
Non-drivable - aren't really worth adding, as Waze is an app aimed at commuters who drive, but if you really feel the need to add these, be careful and make sure that they DO NOT connect to drivable roads as Waze has been known to route people along walking trails and the like!
For more information about road types, see how to name roads
Two-way, one-way or unknown. ALWAYS choose 1 of these 3 options, NEVER leave it blank.
Here you can enter the speed limit for each direction. Make sure you are entering in metric units (kilometers) and NOT in imperial units (miles). If you do not know the speed limits, leave it blank.
This is for the elevation of the road if roads overlap without crossing. For example a bridge or overpass.
This determines what level editors need in order to edit the segment. You cannot edit roads locked by a higher level editor than you. To get it unlocked you should post on the India Forum or on Slack.
There may be roads that have been drawn in the base-map but may not be in the satellite images, or they may not exist in real life at all. Again, the GPS points will help you determine their status. If the satellite image shows an incomplete road with no GPS points (Pic 2), leave the road in the base map. If it’s already drawn, disconnect the junction nodes to valid roads (Pic 2b). If no road has been drawn (see Pic. 3), go ahead and add the road with the name “Road Under Construction”. Do not connect it to any other roads. The road can then be easily found and completed once the road is opened.
Only actual "Places" or Points of Interests (POIs) should be mapped, i.e. those which help the driver to find their way.
For the purposes of searching for addresses or businesses, Waze gets its results from other providers (Bing, Google, foursquare), so it's not necessary to add them to the map as well. Unless this yield the wrong search results.
- See the guidelines for How to Draw and Label Places.
This page is only intended as a Quickstart and is not intended to answer all of your questions. If you only intend to add a few street names, or allow a turn, then this is aimed at you. Before you start any serious editing you need to read the India Editing Best Practice.
For detailed explanation of how to use the Waze Map Editor, please read the WME Manual.
Should you still have questions after that search the forums, and if you still can't find an answer post a topic in the correct forum. You can also send an email to the Country Managers.