- Drivers using Waze can now immediately report accidents while on the road.
- New feature uses this historical data and AI to alert users about dangerous roads
Waze has added a new feature to its navigation app that will tell drivers if the route they are taking includes dangerous roads.
The Google-owned company has introduced the warning system that works with artificial intelligence and historical accident data to warn drivers about the potential dangers of the direction they are taking.
This is how the security feature works.
‘You’re on the fastest route… but not the safest’: Waze now has a new feature that tells you how accident-prone roads are during your trip
The company says its ‘accident history alerts’ are designed to notify users to take extra precautions on roads it believes have dangerous characteristics or a reputation for many traffic accidents.
Waze users can now immediately report incidents and crashes in the app to help other drivers avoid disrupted roads that could cause delays.
It says drivers using the app around the world report an accident through this method on average every two seconds.
And now he wants to use this data to educate drivers about the high risk of some roads.
The system uses a combination of predictive artificial intelligence (AI) and data from the Waze community to provide this. key information.
The AI technology is said to be able to analyze the characteristics of each road, such as its typical traffic levels, whether it’s a fast-moving route or a local road with lower limits, elevation and more, to alert drivers. on the roads where they should. Be especially careful when driving.
And it also leverages historical community incident data to warn motorists if a route includes an accident-prone road.
In cases where the risk is deemed to be higher than average, the app will send an alert before the driver reaches that section of the trip.
The navigation app uses a combination of historical accident data and artificial intelligence to provide warnings to drivers about risks associated with roads they have likely never driven before during a trip.
Notifications, as seen here, are only made on routes that are unfamiliar to users to reduce their level of distraction.
To minimize distraction, there is a limit on the number of warnings drivers see, and the app will not display this information on roads that users regularly travel on, believing they already understand the risk.
“At Waze, we believe driving is about more than just transportation — it’s about helping every driver make smart decisions on the road,” he said.
“By continuing to add more safety features to your rides, Waze aims to give you greater peace of mind on each of your trips.”
The new feature comes in the wake of the latest official statistics revealing that the number of people killed on British roads has risen by 10 per cent in a year and is now almost back to pre-pandemic levels.
In 2022, some 1,711 people will lose their lives due to accidents on our roads, up from 1,558 deaths the previous year, the Department for Transport confirmed in an October update. He said the increase was due to the return of normal traffic levels after the Covid pandemic.
But more than a fifth of people who died in cars last year were found not to be wearing seatbelts, the data revealed.
The rise has also been due in part to deaths caused by crashes in which the driver was speeding, distracted or distracted, all of which reached their highest levels seen in nearly a decade in a “chilling” reminder that more can be done to curb road traffic in Britain. numbers of victims.