Update: If you think a free turn-by-turn navigation iPhone app isn't that big of a deal, then read: "The Long Awaited TomTom Navigation App and Car Accessory Will Cost $200".
The long awaited application Waze, which has already been available for Android, has finally made its debut in the iPhone App Store. The application offers real time maps and traffic information based on "the wisdom of the crowds". Here's how the developers describe Waze:
Waze is a free social mobile app that enables drivers to build and use live maps and real-time traffic updates for a better daily commute. Waze is 100% user-generated, and drivers can easily update each other on traffic, police traps, road construction, sped cams, hazards and more. Waze also provides turn-by-turn navigation and rerouting options as conditions on the road change. The more people use Waze, the better the map and driving directions get, so get involved in building your area's driving community today!
Go here for our full review of Waze on Android.
Download Waze from the iTunes App Store here (link opens iTunes).
Waze has a built-in safety feature – you cannot type while driving!
Waze is 100% free.
While the crowd-sourced traffic sharing aspect of the application is exciting, what's even more exciting is the fact that the app is also a fully functional turn by turn navigation system. "So what…", you say? Well, the average price of turn by turn navigational iPhone apps is way north of $50. So to get one that's completely free, and also packed with other highly useful features, is incredible. The design of the application is also phenomenal.
For a quick video guided tour of Waze, head over to their website. Remember, since this application is crowd-sourced, it's not going to be packed with data right off the bat. But if we all actually use it, we can collectively wave goodbye to traffic (or atleast wave goodbye to being surprised by traffic).