According to the latest data from Waze, people around the world have stopped driving in dramatic numbers over the last few months especially in markets where the COVID-19 outbreak is at its worst. Despite the overall decrease in drivers on the road, however, there are still essential journeys that need to be made every day.
To make it easier for drivers to navigate their essential journeys, Waze has added COVID-19-related information and critical locations its maps through the collaborative work of its users and public agencies. The data can help cities and citizens better understand COVID-19 traffic and congestion trends in their area.
Waze maps are maintained by a global community of more than 30,000 monthly active Map Editors. Waze says their work has ensured its maps stay up-to-date with road closures, red zones, and more.
We’re partnering with WhyHunger and No Kid Hungry to add more than 30,000 emergency food distribution locations to the U.S. map, and we’re eager to collaborate with even more partners around the world.
Based on the needs of our advertiser partners, we have quickly rolled out a new feature to identify locations with drive-thru and curbside pickup to let users know where they can access products such as food and other essentials, with minimal contact.
Waze is also inviting all public agencies to share information through its dedicated COVID-19 landing page.