Navigating Atlanta’s Traffic

In my opinion, the very BEST app to help with avoiding and navigating traffic in Atlanta is Waze. I first heard about Waze on Thanksgiving Day, 2015 in Orlando.

My son had traveled to Jacksonville so we could spend the day before having our Thanksgiving in Daytona Beach. Thanksgiving Day, I drove him to his Marketing Promotion Event for Honda in Orlando. A security guard told me about this app that warns of accidents, police, construction, etc.

But I never used Waze until about a month after I started driving for Uber.

Drivers have a choice between Google Maps and Waze, but cannot switch between the two in the app if one stops working in the middle of a ride.

The Uber rider app only has Google Maps.

And this is probably what accounts for the differences in travel routes that riders see (longer) and drivers take (shorter).

“When a rider uses Uber’s app to hail a ride, the fare the app immediately shows to the passenger is based on a slower and longer route compared to the one displayed to the driver. The software displays a quicker, shorter route for the driver. But the rider pays the higher fee, and the driver’s commission is paid from the cheaper, faster route, according to the lawsuit.”

Source: Uber Software Defrauding Drivers and Passengers

Reasons I Use Waze Instead of Google Maps

When I first started driving for Uber in August, I knew Waze was part of the app, but Google Maps is the default. I didn’t think to change to Waze until about a month later (and one too many times stuck on a highway).

Now, I tell everyone that rides with me, I use Waze because it immediately shows three (3) routes with travel time and distance in miles at a glance. I do not recall Google Maps easily showing other routes, but they are there.

Google acquired Waze for $1.3 billion in June 2013. Is it better than Google Maps? I prefer it, but you decide for yourself.

Waze Helps with Scheduling a Trip and Being ON TIME

  • You can find out how far way and how long it will take to get anywhere.
  • Waze will tell you what time you need to start driving in order to arrive at any particular location by a certain time.

If Flexx Drivers and Passengers use Waze to plan their trips, I believe there will be less stress for both.  Besides, Waze is necessary if you are going to come along for what I IMAGINE being possible for Atlanta.