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Waze, the first free provider of driver-generated maps and real-time road information, has announced a new version of its free navigation app to include fun gaming elements in addition to smart algorithms, so that waze maps all over the world are updated even quicker.
The consumer application is available on the Apple AppStore and the Android Market Place and can be downloaded from the waze web site for Symbian and Windows Mobile devices.
The new version adds more capabilities to waze’s already popular ‘munching’ game that encourages users to validate road driving directions as they drive around. The game will now be upgraded to munch ‘road goodies’ – cherries, hammers and small gift packages worth bonus points – that will be placed in areas where the waze system has identified map problems.
The highest scoring ‘road goodies’ will be placed in locations with the most severe map issues, and as users drive around to munch these ‘goodies’, waze’s system will utilize the driver’s GPS data to analyze and automatically solve the identified problems.