We’ve already hipped you to Waze, the interactive GPS app that dynamically improves its maps by tracking your location (read here and here). Originally an Android-centric app, the program recently added iPhone, WinMo, and Symbian flavors — all free.
Now Waze has upped the fun factor with its “Road Goodies” feature. Think of it as a form of GPS Pac-Man, in which you gobble up points-laden icons while you drive. Sounds like good mindless fun, but there’s a method to Waze’s madness: each icon represents a map problem spot, and by munching each icon, you’re continuing to improve their mapping. Here’s a demo:
Right now, the points don’t have any real-world “worth,” but Waze is holding a “Holiday High Points Challenge” for both US and international drivers, and hint that future versions of the app will change the icons on a seasonal basis, and even offer surprise-filled “treasure chests.”