Take notes because they have some great ideas.

For Mother’s Day, we’re celebrating the moms who get creative with their cars.
For Mother’s Day, we’re celebrating the moms who get creative with their cars.

Moms have been getting creative with their cars long before 2020. But over the past year, they’ve relied on them more than ever — to take uninterrupted calls, meet with friends from a distance, or blast non-kid-friendly songs from high school.

Now let’s take a moment to applaud moms around the world for their grit, creativity, and every single one of their inventive hacks for finding solace in the car. Happy Mother’s Day.


Traçando a história do Waze: de fórum virtual a uma comunidade com mais de 50 mil voluntários em todo o mundo

Para realmente entender o mapa do Waze e como ele se tornou tão popular, precisamos retomar a história de um pequeno grupo de voluntários que literalmente desenhavam mapas com seus carros com algo chamado “FreeMap”.

Pela primeira vez, estamos voltando ao começo de tudo e refazendo o caminho que nos leva aos milhares de editores de mapas, localizadores e testadores beta que fazem do Waze o que a plataforma é hoje. Dos engarrafamentos aos túneis e a uma era distante da Internet.

Tudo começou em Tel Aviv em 2006.


Tracing the history of Waze from a pocket PC forum to a community of 50,000+ volunteers around the world

The Waze Map is constantly evolving thanks to the Community of more than 50,000 volunteers around the world.
The Waze Map is constantly evolving thanks to the Community of more than 50,000 volunteers around the world.

To truly understand the Waze map and how it got so popular, you have to go back to a small group of volunteers literally drawing maps with their cars and something called “FreeMap.”

For the first time, we’re gathering the lore of old and tracing a path straight to the thousands of Map Editors, Localizers, and Beta Testers who make Waze what it is today. It covers traffic jams, tunnels, and long-lost eras of the internet.

It all starts in Tel Aviv in 2006.


It’s time to reimagine the way we move.

This Earth Day, it’s time to reimagine mobility and fight for greener transportation.
This Earth Day, it’s time to reimagine mobility and fight for greener transportation.

For years, Earth Day campaigns have encouraged people to ditch single-use plastic and shrink their personal carbon footprint. These are important steps, of course, but they don’t address the larger systemic challenges at hand — like the fact that fossil fuels still power just about every aspect of our lives, or how most cities are designed.

“We’ve set up our cities to privilege private car use,” says Benjamin de la Peña, CEO of Shared-Use Mobility Center. “That has serious equity and climate consequences in greenhouse gas emissions, the congestion it creates, and the costs for households.”

As the climate crisis…


Now that Chris can drive, his family gets free rides.

A glimpse at Chris’s Last 5 Drives with Waze.
A glimpse at Chris’s Last 5 Drives with Waze.

Your Last 5 Drives is a series where Wazers look back on recent drives and share stories from on and off the road.

Chris is a recent high school graduate and Waze Map Editor from Trinidad and Tobago. Even though he’s a new driver, he’s been using Waze since he was playing navigator from the back seat as a kid, when the colors, reports, and icons on Waze were a fun way to pass the time in the car and help out other drivers. Now, he edits the map, knows his way around the island, and is always happy to…


How everyday drivers help cities plan ahead and respond to crises.

Real-time data from Waze creates safer roads and easier navigation.
Real-time data from Waze creates safer roads and easier navigation.

Under the Hood gives you an inside look at different parts of how Waze works — straight from the people working on them every day.


We’d probably be lost (and cold) on the road without them.

Famous inventions from women
Famous inventions from women

Women have always been inventors. But they haven’t always gotten the credit they deserve. For too long, laws and practices prevented women from receiving equal recognition, compensation and agency for their contributions to society.

Women like Ada Lovelace, who wrote the first computer algorithm in 1843, and Dr. Shirley Jackson, whose work led to fiber optic cables, have shaped the way we interact, work, and get around. They were pioneers but encountered barriers due to sexism and racism in their fields and communities. Even today, women only hold about 22% of patents and aren’t expected to reach equality with their…


Short answer: a lot of people who love to help

Under the Hood gives you an inside look at different parts of Waze — straight from the people working on them every day.


Between racing to the Block Island Ferry and road tripping with her dogs, Cindy knows how to stay busy.

Cindy tells us about her last 5 drives with Waze.
Cindy tells us about her last 5 drives with Waze.

Your Last 5 Drives is a series where Wazers look back on recent drives and share stories from on and off the road.

Now living in Connecticut, Cindy teaches eighth-grade math in her hometown of Westchester, New York. Over the years, she’s perfected putting her summers to good use, with a mix of getting away and getting things done. When COVID disrupted her typical travel plans, she had to switch gears.

Take a peek inside Cindy’s car

Favorite music: I’m a country music girl. It’s terrible. I grew up on the East Coast and listen to country music.

Biggest pet peeve on the road: Aggressive drivers…


Black city planning experts on inclusion in urban planning and why everyone needs to pay attention to transportation.

Black urbanists are leading the fight to build more inclusive cities.
Black urbanists are leading the fight to build more inclusive cities.

There’s a common assumption about urban planning that the systems governing our cities start from a place of neutrality. That even when it’s flawed, urban design tries to objectively solve problems and strengthen communities. The question is, for whom?

“Nothing comes from a space of neutrality,” says Tamika Butler, a transportation expert whose consulting firm specializes in transportation and urban planning, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion. “The U.S. was built on racist foundations. Everything we do with our land — where we put our highways, what communities we divide — is about policing movement and mobility.”

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