Waze, the smartphone traffic and navigation app used by more than 50 million drivers, may actually make some commutes a little longer starting today – all in the name of safety, CBS NEWS reports. It’s also considering a feature to warn drivers about routes that go through high-crime neighborhoods.
Users in Los Angeles (and soon in New Orleans) will get an alert that their Waze has changed how it maps their route to work.
The app will no longer direct drivers to cross over or turn through busy intersections that lack a stop sign or a light, reports CBS News correspondent Kris Van Cleave.
In what some Waze users call a “suicide straight,” the app would sometimes direct drivers across multiple lanes of heavy traffic. Another concern for some is when Waze suggests a left turn through that same multi-lane traffic without a light.
But Waze’s Amber Kirby says, not anymore. Starting first in Los Angeles, the app may sacrifice a little time for safety.
“If you are commuting 40 minutes to an hour, maybe it adds a couple minutes here and there,” Kirby said. Read more at CBS NEWS.