I recently downloaded a free navigation App for the iPhone called Waze which includes free traffic information, as this app was free my expectations were not that great but I must admit I was pleasantly surprised at how useful this App would become when driving the Taxi especially the traffic information that the App clearly displays. This App also has the useful facility of being able to scroll around the map to view traffic holdups on your route, something that most other paid for navigation apps are unable to do. The App gathers the traffic information in a similar way that Tom Tom does by using the road speed of users to indicate where traffic problems exist the difference being that most other Apps charge for letting you view the traffic information that they have gathered from you the users. They call it community driving where the users share information on traffic, roadworks, Not only can you view traffic information but you can also add traffic holdups into the App to warn other users. Police check points and a lot more, the mapping is verified by the users actually driving the streets which means the mapping is kept up to date without the need for costly map purchases.
Groups is another feature of Waze where you can join existing groups or create your own group, you can then share information within your own group so that only members of your group can see it or publically so that any Waze user can see it. There are already quite a few Taxi groups set up that you can join from within the app so sharing info with other cabbies is easy.
Waze is available to download for the iPhone, Android Phones, Blackberry and Nokia Phones so most cabbies should be able to use the App. Waze is well worth a look especially as it is free, even if you don’t use the navigation function of the App the traffic information can sometimes be invaluable.