New India Wiki is being built, For now, please see the pages about Waze in India in the old Wiki.
The Waze App
Waze is a free GPS navigation application for mobile phone or tablet. Waze has speech support, free map updates and uses real time traffic information and actual reports from its users. Users like you!
With Waze you can share your driver experience, connect with friends, send your ETA to show when you will be home, or just avoid traffic jams. Waze is crowd-sourced, meaning it is maintained by its users.
Waze has the application, often called client or just app. You can read more about the app at the support pages. Click on the picture to download the app.
Its users form a community, who work together locally as well as internationally. Information about the community in India can be found on the Community page.
It is possible add missing roads from the app while driving with (see Pave a missing road) activated. As soon as you get far enough away from a known road, Waze will start recording your movement as new road segments, with junctions (nodes) at your turns. When Waze detects that you are back on a known road, road building mode is automatically paused.
See also the global Wiki FAQ.
Bugs and limitations
Although we think Waze gives the best possibilities for navigation, it knows some problems and limitations as well. Specific for India are the following:
- The map needs to be improved
- Due to the status of the road network and the yet small community, the map in India is not of high quality everywhere. However, the current editing community is working hard to improve the map. You help already by driving with Waze on! And if you are in for an adventure, you might add new roads to the map, or even become a Waze Map Editor.
- Long distance routing
- Setting a route over long distances puts a lot of weight on the servers. Depending on the map quality, you can expect routes with a maximum length of about 1600 km. At this moment, maximum route length will often be less in India. If you request a route and the calculation time is too long, you'll receive an error saying "Routing server timeout" or "no route found". We recommend breaking up longer routes into several segments by choosing intermediate destinations.
- Temporary issues are tracked in the official Waze server status and issues page.