The sobriety of Google Maps or the Waze collaborative system: which do you prefer?

Of course this question fits in the context of a navigation system used inside a car. Considering this, I first decided to do an informal survey with Uber drivers to find out which online map they liked best. Of the 12 interviewed during the course, Waze won the day off: nine to three.

Uber drivers opine

When I asked the reason for the preference, those who liked Waze more listed two reasons: 1 – they were already used to the tool, because they used it before, as ordinary drivers; 2 Waze route view better than Google Maps. The color of the routes, they say, helps you better understand the route.

In the case of Google Maps preference (Uber pros can opt for it or Waze when they start working for the company), the drivers who used it listed two reasons: 1 – Google's most stable tool than Waze of guiding the path, it falls much less and very rare that it puts the driver in the so-called wrong paths; Its more sober look, without that bunch of colorful Waze emoticons, makes the map easier to use.

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  Waze was the favorite geozoal service for Uber / AndroidPIT drivers
<h2 id=Now my turn

After hearing the drivers' opinion, I decided to try both Google Maps and Waze myself. I sat in the Uber driver's passenger seat and used the rush hour shuttle on routes that I knew were complicated but offered alternative routes. But to get closer to the reality of the average user, I used both services from my smartphone.


In the case of Waze, let's go first to the cool part: the collaborative features of the tool are impressive. You can see a number of alerts scattered around the routes, see which friends of yours are online, send messages, plus the possibility of alerting if there are accidents on the way, if a certain road is jammed, if there is any danger situation on the route, between other functions. This helps a lot for those facing traffic jams every other day as well.

To top it off, the integration of Waze with Facebook is pretty cool and allows me to see which friends of mine are online and using the tool, as well as sending reminders of my events that are registered on the social network. And, besides, it has an interesting level of customization.

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  Waze: Collaborative Tools and Personalization / ANDROIDPIT
<p>However, I thought Waze has a few porns: It takes longer than Google Maps to recalculate the route, which can be a bit of a problem if the route you're in requires quick thinking. In addition, even programmed to guide the driver through faster routes, Waze has some strange passion for streets that are known to be a tamarin. An example: he insisted several times on sending me to Avenida Rebouas, the most micada road in So Paulo. And in the city center, it went down three or four times, leaving the driver in the dark.</p>
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Incidentally, these mistakes I mentioned above are the main complaints of Uber drivers.

Other things that bothered me about Waze: Too many collaborative tools can sometimes get in the way of helping the driver, as they can distract you. In addition, there are various invasive advertisements, for example asking you to download apps. And yes, the colorful and funny cones get tired. But this is Rui with the soul of an old man speaking.

Google Maps

Google Maps drew my attention for sobriety. Even when used to drive the driver from point A to point B, their look does not change much. It shows the most relevant information to the user, such as the situation of the traffic on the routes he passes, the estimated time to reach the destination and allows searching for surrounding establishments (gas stations, restaurants, supermarkets and other searchable locations). via voice).

To top it off, Maps is still integrated with Waze (which is also from Google) and already shows several user-created alerts in the latter. And yes, it goes out of breath less than Waze and recalculates the route faster.

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  Google Maps: More stable and more sober looking / ANDROIDPIT
<p>And the cons of Google Maps: Viewing the map when you are moving is somewhat simplified. Waze's is more immersive and allows a better view of the route, giving the driver more security to make quick decisions. </p>
<p>What's more, the transition from the Waze map is smoother, not to mention that the absence of collaborative tools in Google Maps makes the user miss the chance to recalculate the route faster in the event of traffic jams or a typical stolen day. of catholic traffic. After all, integration with Waze does not yet allow it to display all alerts created. </p>
<h2 id=And in the end, which geolocation service did I like the most?

As much as Waze's collaborative tools have impressed me, I am a fan of minimalism. So I liked the style and usability of Google Maps better. It counted precious points that Maps recalculated the route faster and had more stability, not coming out of the air as often as your colleague. Not surprisingly, Android Auto brings Google Maps as its official map service.

Google Maps is the winner for best performing the basic functions of a geolocation service

But I completely understand who likes Waze and he's on the right track: his most immersive and enjoyable map, fully customizable, collaborative tools break a huge branch and his integration with Facebook is very interesting.

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  Who do you prefer in the Maps vs. dispute? Waze? / ANDROIDPIT
<p>However, I thought Waze still lacks features that are essential for a geolocation service: it often goes down, takes time to recalculate the route (of course much of the blame is on our horrendous mobile phone networks, but it's worth it). remember that Maps also uses them) and some of their collaborative tools may be more of a hindrance than helpful. But nothing that can not be corrected in the next versions. </p>
<h3 id=And which geolocation service do you prefer when driving? Give your opinion!

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