Waze data in action at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
How can I use Waze to help manage traffic in my community?
Whether you already have a traffic management system in place or you’re starting with a blank slate, Waze’s suite of resources makes it quicker and easier to access the traffic information that’s most important to you.
Waze traffic tools help you visualize traffic in your area, monitor conditions along key routes, get push notifications for important changes, and store data for reference over time. You can take advantage of as many or as few of these features as you’d like.
Partners around the globe incorporate Waze data into their traffic management centers.
Understanding Waze road segments
Road segments are the foundation of monitoring and managing traffic with Waze. You can see road closures, incidents, and traffic jam data on the Waze map by selecting road segments. Segments are the smallest unit of roadway on the map and are updated by Map Editors, a volunteer community of tens of thousands of Wazers around the globe.
Each road segment has a set of “Road Properties.” Properties make it easier to monitor traffic and help drivers better navigate the area.
Indicated by black arrows
Labeled one-way, two-way, or unknown
Shown in either kilometers (km/h) or miles (mp/h)
Estimated by the Waze algorithm and verified by our Map Editing community
Automatically set to “ground (zero)”
Updated as one road segment passes over another
The Waze Live Map lets you search for a location and click on any incident, road closure, or traffic icon to view additional details related to that alert. Alerts on the Live Map are submitted by Waze users, our map editing community, and our Waze Partner Community, including you and your organization. Learn more about incidents in Waze.
You can keep your community informed of real-time road conditions by embedding the Live Map into your website using an iFrame. You can also embed the Live Map into your internal traffic monitoring system. To embed the Live Map, go to www.waze.com/livemap, and follow these steps:
Use the search bar to find the relevant location on the map (i.e. Times Square)
2. Use your mouse or the zoom keys in the bottom right corner to scale the map to the appropriate size
3. Click “Share Location” and then click “Embed a map”
4. Copy the code and add it to your website
For more help embedding a Live Map with iFrame, refer to our “Using the Waze iFrame” guide.
Waze Traffic View houses the Waze-o-Meter, Unusual Traffic Feed, Route Watchlist, and Traffic View Feed, which enable you to see traffic in your community, monitor conditions along key routes, receive timely push alerts, and more. You can also access the Live Map from inside Traffic View. When using Waze Traffic View, remember to hit refresh to see the most up-to-date traffic information.
To access Traffic View for your area, first make sure you have your polygons approved. Then, follow these steps:
Log in to the Partner Hub
Click Traffic View
Get help from Waze Map Editors
Map Editors are a team of volunteers that make sure the Waze map is accurate and up-to-date for our drivers.
If, as a user, you reported a missing road or an incorrect turn, you’ve probably communicated with one of our volunteer map editors. They make over 53M map edits every month!
Map Editors also help our Waze for Cities partners in updating local maps for Traffic Events and adding road closures.