When it first debuted in 2007, navigation app Waze had a simple mission: make commuting easier by developing a community of drivers who are able to inform each other about road conditions.

The idea is that, like Google Maps, Waze will give you directions from your current location to your desired destination. What’s more, by keeping the app open as you drive, Waze will collect road and driving condition data, and use that info to shape route suggestions that are fast and traffic free.

It’s a great idea in theory except … well, that model has helped Waze drive directly into trouble from time to time. Read more…

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