Welcome to Waze the Netherlands
You're interested in Waze and wondering what kind of app Waze is.
You're using the app and wondering what you can do to improve it.
You're editing the map and wondering how to fix a certain situation best.
For general information please visit the global Wiki pages or the Waze home page.
For information on Waze on the ABC-islands visit their Wiki.
So, this Wiki informs on Waze in the Netherlands.
What is it
Waze is the world's largest community-based traffic and navigation app. There are many navigation apps, many of them rely on maps that are updated only a few times a year, resulting in outdated maps and wrong navigation instructions. Waze is different. Waze maps are updated on almost a daily basis. The maps are constantly updated by volunteers of our Dutch community. So, signs along the road asking you to switch off your navigation app are not for Waze. Waze has the most up-to-date road information, for free.
The app uses maps and your phone's GPS. When navigating, Waze uses cached maps on your phone of areas you have been before to limit data usage. Maps of new areas are retrieved from the Waze servers. It is possible to use Waze without internet connection while driving in areas where your phone uses already cached maps, but the best navigation experience you got with an internet connection. The data usage of the app is modest. The test of the ANWB mentions 3,9 MB for 75 km drive.
For more information on the Waze app please visit the global Wiki page.
What can you do
Are you interested in what you can do for the Waze Community?
Our map is pretty complete, but cities, roads, the countryside are all constantly changing. You're most valuable with your local knowledge. You can help us to keep the Waze map up-to-date.
- Are there road works planned in your neighborhood?
- New housing estates?
- New roads planned?
- Changes in one-way / two-way traffic?
- Sometimes data is still missing or not accurate anymore: speed limits, house numbers.
Are there points of interest in your neighborhood that could be interesting for Wazers as a destination like a gas station, parking, hospital, school and so on. Check if they are already created on the map and if not there is something to do.
If you're new and like to help us keep the map up-to-date please check out our Quick start guide, don't forget to read Improve your skills and while editing the map: keep our KISS principles in mind!
Sign in to Slack, our primary communication channel via this Slack invite page. When you've got questions, don't hesitate to ask them. There are always experienced editors ready to answer your questions. Also reading other peoples questions and answers on the Slack channels can be informative.
A schematic overview of the possibilities for beginners see the Starters Summary.
How should you do it
If you're here for finding an answer on a more detailed question and you already read the Quick start guide, check out one the following pages: