Use navigation applications to plan our trips has already become a common habit. between these apps Google Maps usually wins by an overwhelming majority, with the also known Waze as a second option.
Since both are part of the Google ecosystem, we have been seeing how Maps was ‘inheriting’ functions that were previously exclusive to Waze. However, to the latter you still have powerful reasons to use it if what we are looking for is to ‘grid’ our routes down to the last detail.
Will remain the best ‘snitch’, for now
Waze did not emerge as a navigation app to use, but as a social network that allowed thousands of drivers to be put in contact in order to share real time warnings about the state of traffic and roads. His fame in Spain is due, above all, to the possibility of warning others about the presence of radars and police controls.
Maps has long since assimilated information about radars, Waze still maintains the exclusive control. Anyway, it’s about a feature to take advantage of while it lasts since the DGT has in its agenda in the medium term limit these functions to preserve the effectiveness of traffic operations.
Another exclusivity of Waze is the possibility it offers to record our own vocal instructionsthus breaking the monotony of the traditional you robotic voices. Through the sound and voice settings menu, the ‘Waze Voice’ options allow us to re-record with our voice (or that of someone nearby) the complete set of phrases used by the app.
Other important information, and more so given the current situation, is The price of fuel at gas stations. Google Maps already shows it through a filter, but only in Waze can we update this data if we find that it no longer corresponds to what the station actually stipulates.
Likewise, to calculate the most optimal route to our destination, Waze offers us enter various variables so that the guidance is perfectly adapted to our circumstances. Thus, we can indicate the type of vehicle that we are going to use (private car, motorcycle or taxi) so that you take into account the specific lanes and steps reserved for each one.
It is also possible to add to our Waze profile the environmental label DGT of our vehicle, together with the passes and permits that we have to use the electronic toll services or access the low emission zones from cities like Madrid or Barcelona.
the app itself will ask us if we have these permissions when it detects that the destination belongs to these zones or the route requires crossing them, but they can also be added from the ‘Toll passes and HOV’ menu.
Finally, another feature where Waze takes advantage over Google Maps are the speed limit alerts. Both apps show alerts when we exceeded the limit of a specific route, but only in the first one it is possible to configure sound warnings that will be played if our excess exceeds a margin that we can also program.