Helping more, together.
Helping more, together.

Waze is about people coming together to affect change. From our community of Editors who freely volunteer their time to maintain our map, to our city partners who use Waze data to make important planning decisions, to our advertisers who have spent recent months helping drivers safely access the goods and services they need. We are proud of being able to support people around the world through our work together.

Over the years, this work has been geared towards solving traffic. But we know that our powerful collective can do more. We saw this earlier in the year when we rolled out our COVID-19 outreach program with our network of partners and volunteers, and we’re excited to announce what else we’re working on. …


As Head of Communities at Waze, Hila Roth is building a Community that gives back.
As Head of Communities at Waze, Hila Roth is building a Community that gives back.

Driving Change explores how leaders at Waze balance big-picture innovation with day-to-day challenges.

Hila Roth joined Waze seven years ago to build the Beta Community from scratch. Eventually, she became the Beta Community Team Lead, until the Beta team and other 4 Community teams joined forces. Now, as Head of Communities at Waze, she manages a global group which includes 5 Community Teams (Editors, Beta, Localizers, Carpoolers and Partners). Hila’s Global Group manages thousands of passionate volunteers around the world. …


The equation for creating a product with a new purpose.
The equation for creating a product with a new purpose.

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

Waze product manager, Omer Koren, is on a mission to help put businesses on the map.
Waze product manager, Omer Koren, is on a mission to help put businesses on the map.

As a product manager on the Waze ads team, my day-to-day role is constantly changing. One day I might be helping a small pizza shop in New York City drive traffic to their store, and the next I might be supporting our internal team manage the life cycle of a campaign. I’ve always enjoyed my work and helping people reach their goals. And then March came.

A new outlook overnight

That first week after the pandemic was declared, I didn’t know how to make sense of what was happening. I remember thinking, “The world is ending, who cares about this work anymore?” …


Waze is here to help you give back this season.
Waze is here to help you give back this season.

At Waze, we’re grateful to everyone in our Community for inspiring us this year, from the volunteer map editors who added thousands of food banks and health centers to the map, to the everyday Wazers out on the road reporting hazards and helping us fight traffic.

There’s a lot of 2020 left, which means there are still plenty of opportunities to give back to your community.

1. Find a nearby donation site

Still need to drop off that bag of clothes that’s been in your car for three months? Use Waze to find the nearest donation center. …


Predicting and preventing traffic accidents could pave the way for safer and more efficient roads
Predicting and preventing traffic accidents could pave the way for safer and more efficient roads
Working toward a world without accidents — or traffic.

In the U.S., car crashes number in the millions every year, so even the slightest reduction can help save thousands of lives. It’s why many cities have adopted Vision Zero, an initiative working toward the goal of reaching zero fatalities and serious injuries on roadways.

“It used to be considered a radical notion,” says Dan Flynn, a data scientist at the Volpe Center, a research center within the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) focusing on innovations in transportation, from logistics to long-range planning. “Now a lot of cities have bought into this.”

The stakes are painfully clear. The goal is set. The only question is: how do you stop crashes? …


Congestion pricing could help beat traffic.
Congestion pricing could help beat traffic.

Sitting in standstill traffic during rush hour probably isn’t high on your list of favorite activities. But for many, it’s an unavoidable part of life, and definitely a waste of time, energy, and gas. What if you had the option to save that time and spend that gas money on something that could make the future (and your mood) better? We spoke with two experts who think congestion pricing could be the solution to our rush hour woes — and more.

Michael Manville is an associate professor of urban planning and development at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs and Sam Schwartz (AKA “Gridlock Sam”) is a transportation and traffic expert and author of “Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and the Fall of Cars” and “No One at the Wheel: Driverless Cars and the Road of the Future.” We asked them to explain what congestion pricing is and how it could pave a better path forward. …


The equation for an upgraded driving experience
The equation for an upgraded driving experience

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

Erin Bellsey, head of brand programs at Waze, is on a mission to bring drivers joy on the road.
Erin Bellsey, head of brand programs at Waze, is on a mission to bring drivers joy on the road.

Our mission on the programs team is to combine the best of our product, partners, and content channels to create fun and memorable experiences for our users. I feel especially grateful to work for a brand with a positive mission to end traffic and for a team whose primary focus is bringing joy to people in otherwise-stressful or mundane moments — especially at a time like this.

One of our most recognizable programs is the one we’ve built around Waze voices. Few things get Wazers more excited than when we bring new voice navigation to the app. It’s hard not to smile when your favorite character or celebrity’s voice is giving you directions on your drive. Whenever we add a new voice, the positive response online is overwhelming (in a good way!). I’m lucky to be part of the team that gets to decide which voices to bring to our users, along with other in-app experiences that make driving more fun. …


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Como cabeza de Alianzas con Sector público en Waze, Dani Simons está constantemente dialogando con agencias de gobierno, organizaciones sin fines de lucro e instituciones académicas para mejorar la movilidad. Su equipo maneja “Waze for Cities”, una suite de datos, herramientas y programas gratuitos que ayuda a los socios a colaborar en desafíos de tránsito e infraestructura, local y globalmente. Platicamos con Dani para aprender más acerca de su camino para unirse a Waze y cómo el carpooling beneficia a las comunidades y al planeta.

Una bifurcación en el camino: ¿ciudades o selvas tropicales?

Durante la licenciatura, estudié Ciencias ambientales y me interesé mucho en lo que pensaba que era el “ambiente” en ese momento, tal como: ¿cómo salvas grandes áreas de selva tropical y las preservas? …


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Driving Change explores how leaders at Waze balance big picture innovation with day-to-day challenges.

As head of public sector partnerships at Waze, Dani Simons is in constant dialogue with government agencies, nonprofits, and academic institutions about improving mobility. Her team manages “Waze for Cities,” a suite of free data, tools and programs helping partners collaborate on traffic and infrastructure challenges locally and globally. We caught up with Dani to learn more about her journey to joining Waze and how carpooling benefits communities — and the planet.

Fork in the road: cities or rainforests?

As an undergrad, I studied environmental science, and I got really interested in what I thought was “the environment” at the time, such as: how do you save large patches of the rainforest and preserve them? …


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