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Rockford Scanner recommends everyone to download the WAZE app. We personally use it ourselves. It is a great way to learn about traffic delays, construction zones, accidents, etc… You can even report stuff as well!
The best part, it is FREE!
Google developed the app. it is made by Google and is safe.
Get it on Android at CLICK HERE
Get it on Apple at CLICK HERE
Learn more at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waze
Waze won the Best Overall App award at the 2013.
Waze collects map data, travel times and traffic information from users and transmits it to the Waze server, at no cost to Waze. Waze users or “Wazers” can report accidents, traffic jams, speed and police traps, and, from the online map editor, can update roads, landmarks, house numbers, etc. Waze sends anonymous information, including users’ speed and location, back to its database to improve the service as a whole.
Based on the information collected, Waze is then in a position to provide routing and real-time traffic updates. Waze can also identify the cheapest fuel station near a user or along their route, provided Waze has enabled fuel prices for that country.
Waze can be used anywhere in the world but requires enough initial users to create the maps and continuously update data to make it useful. Currently only 13 countries have a full base map, the others are incompletely mapped, requiring users to record roads and edit maps.
Waze offers turn-by-turn voice navigation, real-time traffic, and other location-specific alerts. Waze encourages users to report traffic or road hazards by offering points. Add-ons expand the functions and personalize this interaction with the app. For example, add-ons can integrate Foursquare and Facebook friends to Waze or notify the user when driving through a high-crime area.
In 2017, an option was added for motorcycle users, as well as specialized routes for people eligible to drive in carpool lanes
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