You know those intersections with 3 lanes in each direction, huge traffic and you trying to turn left… My Mom hates them. It’s simply a very stressful experience. When she is in an area she knows, she doesn’t mind taking a longer route just to avoid such places. But what about cases when she goes somewhere new?
Waze is trying to address this issue with a new feature called “difficult intersections” which is being tested in LA. The app uses its crowd sourced data to help you bypass these stressful intersections when possible. The feature is designed to balance a decent ETA with limiting as many of these difficult places as possible.
If is worth mentioning for those of you who live in LA that after the latest update to Waze, the feature is by default turned on but you can easily turn it off in the settings. Another round of tests will be rolled out in New Orleans soon and eventually “difficult intersections” will be available around the world.
It is really great to see that after being acquired by Google back in 2013, Waze is still a great app with a lot unique features. It’s an also a testbed for all the cool and crazy new ideas which Google could not easily add to Google Maps.