Get traffic data with the Waze Data feed

Waze makes its data available for you through a localized XML or JSON GeoRSS feed that is updated every 2 minutes.

To access this:

  1. Log in to the Partner Hub
  2. At the top, click Toolbox
  3. Click Waze Data Feed

The feed links contain Waze traffic data for your polygons. 

With these links, you can:

  • Apply the data to your control center maps
  • Collect the data for analysis

Reported incidents included in the Waze Data Feed

Data based on reports from Waze users:

  • Traffic accidents
  • Hazards
  • Construction
  • Potholes
  • Roadkill
  • Stopped vehicles
  • Objects on the road
  • Missing signs

Data automatically detected by Waze:

Waze automatically calculates traffic jams by comparing current road conditions with historical road data. When traffic on a segment is below average speed for that time of day/week, we identify it as a slowdown or jam. These are then compared with user GPS signals and user reports.

The maximum number of events in the Waze Data Feed is 5,000.

Learn more about how you can use the Waze Data Feed.

Got questions?

What is a Waze incident and why should I exchange incident data with Waze?

A Waze incident is any planned or unplanned event that disrupts a roadway. An incident could be a pothole, an object in the roadway, flooding or ice, construction, a traffic crash, or another disruption.

By sharing incidents with Waze, you help inform drivers and improve road safety in your community. By receiving incidents, you can better manage day-to-day traffic operations and view long-term trends to inform policy or infrastructure decisions.

How can I use Waze incident data to help my community?

Here’s how you can use Waze incident information to enhance traffic and roadway management in your area:

  • Monitor and respond to real-time driver traffic reports from your operations center
  • Identify problem areas reported by drivers, like potholes and other hazards, so that you can prioritize maintenance on certain road segments
  • Feed larger studies, such as using reports of water on roadways to feed models that predict which roads might flood under certain weather conditions

How have other partners creatively used Waze incident data?

The city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil created a heatmap of potholes using 42,000 incident reports, then cross-checked the map with traffic jam data to better plan and prioritize their road maintenance efforts.

The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) used Waze data to update internal departmental construction and maintenance systems, improving quality control, research, and analysis.

Check out our case study gallery for other innovative ways partners have used Waze incident data

How do incidents appear on the Waze map?

Waze crowd-sources incident information from drivers and partners. You can share accident, construction, and hazard incidents with us directly.
Reported incidents appear as pins in both the Waze app and the Waze Live Map and are attributed to the Wazers that provided the reports. Incidents submitted by partners are attributed to the Waze username associated with your partner account.
Incidents are grouped into two main categories: accidents and hazards. Accidents can be categorized as “major” or “minor,” and hazards can be categorized as “on road,” “on shoulder,” or “weather hazard.” Incidents are important for informing drivers of disruptions on the road, but they do NOT affect routing. Road closures do affect routing.
An incident will be removed from the map when it reaches the end time you’ve submitted, or when several users mark the incident as not there. You can also manually remove incidents you’ve submitted by using the Reporting Tool.

How can I assess the accuracy of crowd-sourced incidents?

Confidence scores: Waze gives each incident a confidence score based on how Waze drivers passing by the incident react to the report. Drivers can mark the incident either with a “thumbs up” to indicate that the incident is accurate or “not there” to indicate that the incident is no longer visible. The score ranges between 0 and 10, and a higher score indicates more positive feedback from Waze users.

Reliability scores: Waze also gives each incident a reliability score based on the experience level of the reporter. Wazers gain experience levels by driving with Waze and contributing to the map. The higher their level, the higher their reliability score. The score ranges between 0 and 10, with 10 being the most reliable.

Receiving Incident Data

You can receive incident data by using the Waze Google Cloud integration or the Waze Data Feed. The Google Cloud integration is best for partners who prefer that their data be stored in the Cloud rather than storing it themselves, and who wish to access Google Cloud analysis tools like BigQuery and Data Studio. The Waze Data Feed is best for partners who have their own system in place for data storage and analysis.

 

When sharing Waze’s data, please follow attribution guidelines. Learn more.

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