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*Double check airspace requirements and TFRs.  You can request time from ATC to do aerial photography over an area inside controlled airspace.
*Fly in good wx (no point photographing a road through clouds!)
*Fly in good wx (no point photographing a road through clouds!)

Revision as of 11:20, 18 September 2014

A new program is being tested that links volunteer pilots with Waze volunteer map editors. The pilots submit aerial photographs of new and changing roads so that Waze users can have the most accurate and up-to-date driving navigation available.

This is a new test program and the content is subject to change. Check back often. Feel free to help update this page.

Example Aerial Photograph

Information for Requesters

In addition to the Waze Munching system for confirming new roads and display of GPS tracks in the Waze Map Editor, volunteer map editors can request aerial photographs of places that are confusing or represent changes since the last satellite images were taken. By having a recent photograph, map editors can ensure the road topology is correct, update detours, etc.

Look at the example pictures here. You can expect aerial photographs to:

  • confirm new roads and intersections
  • see ramp details
  • see direction markings on the roads (turn, one way, etc)
  • see updates to new housing developments
  • see construction detours
  • not be able to be able to see road signage

Format for Requests

During the trial phase of Aerial Photograph Requests, map editors should submit requests to the Waze Forum (HERE-TBD). The format of a request should include in the subject line A)geographic part of a state and B) nearest major city (avoid Waze township names). Example: "Central PA, Harrisburg area"

The content of the forum request should include:

  • link to Permalink to the area of interest that has the roads of interest highlighted.
  • a description of what you're looking for in the picture

The description might highlight if the map editor needs a broad picture of an area, or just one particular intersection.

Information for Pilots

Since Waze uses a "crowd sourced" map using content from volunteer editors and drivers, pilots can help the process by providing aerial photographs of new and changing roads. When pilots are making practice flights and looking for a good excuse to go flying, they can practice finding landmarks and snapping pictures along the route that can help the volunteer editors and ultimately the driving community.

Getting Started

A list of participating pilot volunteers is here. Sign up or contact wazeflyer at gmail dott com for assistance. Showing your availability here will help Waze map editors know that there is a pilot in their area and encourage filing requests. In addition browse the request area (HERE TBD) to see if any there are any requests in your area already.

General Guidelines

Guidelines for participating:

  • Be current! (current physical, BFR)
  • Be safe!
    1. if possible have a copilot take the pictures (brief them on the location before beginning the flight)
    2. clearing turns before circling an area
    3. eyes watching for traffic!
    4. watch airspeed while turning (perhaps flaps if slowing down)
  • Double check airspace requirements and TFRs. You can request time from ATC to do aerial photography over an area inside controlled airspace.
  • Fly in good wx (no point photographing a road through clouds!)

Pilots are strictly volunteering their time to support the map editors and fellow drivers. There is no compensation available from Waze for volunteers (Waze is a for-profit company).

Guidelines for taking pictures

  • use a good camera if you have access to one
  • best is to photograph straight down from above (to reduce distortion in road lengths and angles)
  • the GPS coordinates are on the web page in the requestor's map link
  • if possible and safe select a lower altitude (eg, 1000-2000 ft AGL)
  • it may help to take multiple pictures of the area from different angles

Example Aerial Photograph

Guidelines for submitting pictures

  • respond to the forum request first with an approximate time frame you expect to complete the "mission"
  • after taking the photograph, upload the picture online (a free google account will allow this). Use the highest resolution available.
  • respond to the forum request with an online link to the photograph(s)

Also be sure to:

  • invite fellow pilots to help during their flights
  • become a Waze map editor yourself, time permitting
  • have fun finding the roads, taking pictures, and helping fellow drivers

Available Pilots

Username Flying Area Comments
Cpttim SE and Central PA

For help adding your name to the pilot, send message to Cpttim.