Catching Up With Waze

Recorded on August 30th, 2016

After hearing Gabe and Jeff talk on the latest Nerds on Draft about how good Waze has gotten, I launched it today for the first time in a couple of years. Waze has definitely been polished, and it feels and looks smarter and smoother. You can tap your phone or wave a hand in front of the front-facing camera to make it listen for voice commands, and then tell it stuff like “Drive home” or “Stop navigation”. And my favorite new thing, which apparently has existed for about two years already, is automatic parking reminders. I don’t know how this works because I turned navigation off as I got close to work this morning, mainly so the Waze voice wouldn’t talk over Nerds on Draft. But when I got out of the car, it silently made a note of where I parked. When I got close to my car after work, I opened Waze and there was an icon showing where my car was. I don’t care if it’s creepy. I love stuff like this.

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