Waze 4.0 teaser 001

Waze, the popular social-mapping location data startup, today pushed a major update to its GPS, maps and social traffic application in the App Store.

Featuring a refreshed design and cleaner maps with emphasis on safer driving, the new Waze 4.0 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad also brings reduced battery consumption allowing the app to run longer in the background, and much more.

Fewer taps, new looks

Waze 4.0 minimizes the number of taps it takes to start navigating. The app’s map, menus and road reporting system are all less cluttered than before and revamped for higher visibility and clarity.

You’ll notice brighter buttons and color-coded pins per report type. Waze’s reporting and sharing features have been simplified as well. Check out a quick video overview of the new features in Waze’s promotional video seen below.

If you don’t see the embedded video, watch it on YouTube.

“Tapping the left button pulls up the navigation menu and all of your frequent and favorite destinations,” explains Waze.

“Meanwhile, tapping the right button gives you quick access to your contacts for a number of actions including: Sending directions, your location, and ETA to those awaiting your arrival.”

New reporting menu, reminders and more

Waze 4.0 makes it easier to access alternate routes, add a stop or let someone know you’re on the way from the center button where your ETA time is displayed.

Waze 4.0 iPhone screenshot 001

An easier way of reporting traffic incidents is now available from the map, by tapping a big orange button. Or, tap and hold down the report menu for a quick report action.

Waze now supports reminders to leave for events on time, provided you give Waze permission to access iOS’s Calendar. These reminders take into account current traffic conditions. And like before, you can still get timely updates about speed traps, construction and accidents in real-time.

Waze 4.0 highlights

The following changes are mentioned in release notes:

  • Significantly reduced battery consumption.
  • Fewer taps to start a drive, send locations and directions.
  • New ETA panel organizes everything you need in one place. View reports, check alternate routes, add a stop on the way, or instantly send ETA to friends and family.
  • The new map is easier to read with a cleaner look catered to your drive.
  • It’s easier to help others on the road with a faster, more visual reporting menu.
  • Reports and alerts are color-coded so you can instantly recognize them on the map.
  • Smart reminders to leave on time for your Calendar events based on traffic conditions and drive times.

Google bought Waze in June 2013 for an estimated $1.3 billion.

Availability

Waze is available free in the App Store, without ads or In-App Purchases.

The app requires an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 7.0 or later. Waze lacks a native app for the Apple Watch and does not support 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus as of yet.

The app is localized in English, Afrikaans, Arabic, Bokmål, Norwegian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese and Turkish.

Grab Waze free of charge in the App Store.

  • Best app in my phone!

    • ClaudieX X

      sorry but your haircut remembered me “The Coneheads” hahaha…

      • Congratulations on your good manners

      • August Ebbesen

        It was a joke, not a dick, don’t take it so hard Pierre.

      • Manuel Molina

        Touché. Touché…

    • Soyntgo4it

      App is a joke

  • steve_shore

    Now if they’d only add a Watch app as well with haptic feedback similar to Apple Map’s app, I’ll be ecstatic

  • ticky13

    Can someone explain to me the advantage of using Waze over Google Maps? Google shows the coloured traffic conditions and accidents/incidents also and presumably takes this info from Waze, so why have both?

    • ClaudieX X

      Google maps takes the data of Waze to show the traffic condition… When Google bought Waze, they fusioned the two services to enhance eachother…

    • Rowan09

      Waze is crowd sourced meaning users can input traffic info, etc.

    • The Guy

      I only use it to know of cop locations to avoid speed traps and also report them to help others, no feeding the police!

  • ClaudieX X

    In my country Waze started to put some ads, that is ok… but now that ads fill all the screen for 10 seconds aprox (shoe stores, movies, etc…) so it blocks visually the map for that period… a little agressive for me… if Google want to fill the screen with ads… just do it with a little of transparency and everybody is happy!!

    • Zachary Sloane

      It only does that when stopped for me.

      • ClaudieX X

        mine not… Sometimes it appears almost when I want to turn… and can’t see if is this block to turn or the other…

  • ClaudieX X

    I’m a daily user of Waze and Google must realize that if they want to maximise the use of the app they must do it 100% voice interactive… It’s a driving app !! is speechless and dangerous to make me leave the steering wheel to make the app work…

  • This app has prevented many tickets for me lol.

    • Gerardo Castro

      This app actually caused me a ticket. I was going a bit over the limit, and Waze notified me there was a cop, but i didnt see one. as soon as i hit not there the cop is there with his radar. Clocked me at 70 in a 60

      • Lol it sounds like it almost saved you a ticket. (I’m sure you know) When people report cops it means in the area. So, I try to remain slower for at least a half mile around the report.

      • Blip dude

        Bingo. But even though it has saved me from checkpoints and speeding tickets (No, I don’t drink and drive), I have been in a couple near misses. For some reason the app won’t Alert me when there is a cop trap nearby anymore, so I have to look at the phone resulting in near misses. As a result, I’ve had no choice but to stop using the app and pray for the best.

      • Manuel Molina

        The issue with Waze is that everyone is on it and there’s 999 billion icons on the map. It also sounds unsafe that the moment something happens, someone gets on their phone to update. Meaning texting and driving, slowing down traffic, and becoming part of an accident they just wrote about.

  • weztimonial

    Love this app even better now.

  • David Hvilivitzki

    When will they add voice control over reports, push one button and say what you want to report:
    Cop -> send
    Traffic -> Low / High -> other side -> send
    and so on…
    It’s a real menace pushing buttons while driving.

  • Jack Wong

    The font for the xx miles and next turn got smaller, this is a bad change… to me.

    By the way, is it just me?

    • pdrake007

      Nope not just you. Lots of features seem to have been made smaller, I’m glad I just got my 6s, wouldnt be able to see anything on my old 5!

      • Jack Wong

        It seems like they have hired the programmers that sit next to me… They don’t use up the space wisely… But I saw them in the office yesterday…

        I think making the font smaller is one of the new feature for this version 4.0 lol

      • pdrake007

        Yup noticed that this morning as well! Make your mind up guys, you going to make everything too small or too big?!

      • Jack Wong

        I think I will roll back to the perivous version tonight because the traffic information is the reason why I use this app… If my route overwrite 90% of that… And the fonts got smaller… I will have to spend more time to look at the phone screen when I’m driving.

        And a bigger screen can’t solve this problem.

  • Greensprout

    Give me CarPlay support!

    • Jack Wong

      Don’t even dream about that… it would take years.

      I was going to get a car with Carplay ready but after I watch the preview… review… I would rather put a big iPhone or iPad mini at the dashboard to get the full features from iOS.

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    ios tracks your locations you go by default anyway to help with traffic and whatnot. You can turn it off under “frequent locations:” At some point we are going to have to figure out whats more important to us: privacy or ease of use. I dont even think its a big deal because with maps, having that information will allow them to tell you when the best time to leave is and what routes to take. Its only going to get better too. Some day we wont even have to enter where we are going, iOS, Google,etc will know where we want to go and when and which route. Now if its something like Fingerprints then yes thats a little more private, but with locations in Maps? I think the more they store the better. As long theres no Malware thats stealing that info and using it for harm.

  • not supported in my country

  • KP

    I used it this morning… It seemed VERY slick! Now if only I could get this app on an aftermarket stereo via CarPlay!

  • KP

    The new Sleep Mode animation is super cute!

  • Soyntgo4it

    It sucks can’t view your friends drives anymore like the old version , such crap.