What do you use to navigate? Google or Waze?

What is your preference for GPS in the car?

Google Maps or Waze?

  • Google Maps
  • Waze

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I primarily use Waze when navigating. I like that it will give me incident reports, police ahead, broke down vehicle on shoulder ahead, recently I was traveling from Southern Indiana up to Michigan on a Friday night passing through Indianapolis, and Lafayette, at the beginning and later parts of rush hour, had I listened to the original direction and taken 31 I would have arrived two hours sooner than I did, but I choose to take 65 and watched as my ETA kept racking up. I realized at the point where I would have to cross to many country roads to get to US 31 that my ETA would be the same, that I made the wrong choice. I did liste to the GPS coming back home though.

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Ancillary to this poll - does anyone else disable the voice navigation?

I very much prefer to navigate by the map than have single instructions dictated to me. Probably because I grew up navigating this way in video games which always had mini-maps on the HUD.

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And right there is your problem! :rofl:
Fellow Hoosier here, 65 and 465 have been a nightmare of unpredictability lately

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Waze had Cookie Monster voice for awhile, it annoyed my wife. :japanese_ogre:
I really like the special voices they get, wish they would stick around longer. My dad liked the Mr. T directions.

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Waze. Google doesn’t have speed camera warnings in the UK yet. Waze could save me £100 fine, so it’s a no brainer.

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I disabled voice on the few occasions I used my phone for navigation. Due to the limitations with Android, I got rid of my phone and don’t use Google products at all anymore, but I did find the voice annoying when I had it.

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I enjoyed Waze but it did not do a good job helping me find restaurants/gas stations along my route which Google does really well. And now, years later Google has incorporated incident reporting and tells me the posted speed limit which I really missed from Waze.

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I can’t vote because I don’t use either. I don’t pay for data, so I use offline navigation with an app that uses the OpenStreetMap free maps. “MapFactor Navigator” 100% free and has been pretty good for me… I can update my maps when on WiFi and then navigate freely without data.

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really depends on the situation.

If i am going to places i do not know, i use Google Maps and for places that i do know, i will use Waze.

One thing i hate about Waze is that when on a 4-lane highway and i need to turn on the second left; it just says turn left. Where else on Google Maps, they actually indicate that i am suppose to turn on the second left.

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No Pie option? Standards are slipping! :wink:

I use road signs… My car has a built-in navigation system, but I probably use it about twice a year, at most.

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When I do use navigation, I do turn off the audio.

I grew up with a road atlas and Post-Its. When I made motorbike holidays across Europe, I’d put the route onto a set of Post-Its and put them in the window of my tank bag. I’d list the major cities I had to pass and the main roads I’d need, then, at the destination, I’d have street turns marked to get me from the last waypoint to the actual destination in the village or town.

I went from the UK, through France, Belgium, Holland and Germany to a destination in Austria with just 5 standard sized Post-Its.

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I use Waze for routing on business trips or when I really need to get somewhere quickly; I still find it’s re-routing and incident alerts are superior. I use Maps for ‘casual’ navigation or when I want to find ‘xyz’ along my route as it is superior for that.

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For my daily commute and long road trips I like to use Waze as the traffic updates and routing has really saved me time over the years. I like to use Waze for when I know the specific address of where I’m planning to go. Waze’s search feature for destinations is kind of clunky and inaccurate at times, and many times I go to Google Maps so I can search for the venue, copy the address, and paste that address into Waze.

For shorter trips around town or while traveling I like to use Google Maps for speed and availability. One feature I do like in Google Maps is that navigation will also tell me what lane will be best to be in when I’m about to make a turn or coming up to a turn - that’s really useful. I wish Waze would integrate that at some point in time.

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I use Yahoo maps, I know people hate it but it works here in Denver…

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Next time :stuck_out_tongue:

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I use both, depending on what I’m up to. I think I trust Google more than Waze though, which sometimes makes some strange suggestions. Also Waze frustrates me when the road I’m driving on is blocked - there’s no way to indicate to it that I can’t go this way - it just tries to route you back round into the blockage agian.

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I’ve tried Waze a few times and didn’t like the experience. Always taking me the wrong way and never re-routing in time.

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So, since I don’t use either I might be wrong about this but isn’t Waze just a light client that uses the exact same info as Google Maps, and is even still made by Google?

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I primarily travel on foot or via public transit as I don’t own a car. As such, I find Google Maps does everything I need for navigating.

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