I tend to use Google Maps for all my travel related directions. On occasion, though, I use the Waze app instead – it's a mapping app built on a Google Maps backbone with a handful of cool, useful features that Google Maps simply doesn’t have. Case in point: Today, Waze updated its app to add the new Traffic Bar, a progress indicator meant to display just how much longer you’ll be sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
Waze, like Google Maps, works to calculate travel times based on how fast actual users are actually traveling on the same road. It’s nice to always have a sense of when you’ll actually arrive at your destination. Now, you’ll also know roughly when traffic will resume it’s normal flow – a great feature if you get as anxious being boxed into a jam as I do.
There are a handful of other improvements to the Waze app available in this latest update, as well. The new build is up to 85% faster, according to the company. There’s also improved support for U-turns and some more bug fixes, as well.
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