Unfortunately we are reminded every summer that leaving a child or pet in a hot car can have tragic consequences. The tech industry is tackling the problem, and Waze has come on board by adding a "Child reminder" feature to make sure you don't forget about an infant in the back seat when you arrive at your destination. To activate it, head to Settings by tapping the magnifying glass in the bottom left, then the gear icon in the top right.
Arguably the best navigation app for your iPhone, Waze plans your route based on real-time crowdsourced information about the roadways. Using current data about accidents, construction, traffic jams, police activity and more, Waze will change your route accordingly, getting you to your destination via the fastest route available. One of its lesser known features allows you to schedule a drive for the future. Waze will then alert you when it is time to leave based on real-time road conditions.
We knew this was coming ever since Google acquired the Yelp of traffic apps, Waze, a few months ago. Google Maps users will now receive real time accident, construction and road closure reports from the Waze community, and Waze users will soon have access to Google Search and Street View.
Waze is a traffic and navigation service with over 50 million members. The Waze community uses its mobile app to keep each other informed about current traffic jams and road conditions.
"No one likes getting stuck in traffic," Google explained on its Maps blog. "That’s why the Waze and Google Maps teams are working together to harness the power of Google technology and the passion of the Waze community to make it easier to navigate your daily life."