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One New Reason Why You’ll Prefer Waze to Google Maps

Joel Lee 27-06-2016

If you’re like most people, chances are that you use Google Maps + mobile GPS Google Maps on Android: Everything You Need to Know Does Google Maps on your Android device feel a bit daunting? We've got you covered. Here's everything you need to know about using Google Maps on Android. Read More to get around while driving. And why wouldn’t you? Google Maps is without a doubt the best of all Android navigation apps What's the Best Maps and Navigation App for Android? Using the rights maps and navigation app can mean the difference between making it to your appointment on time or being late -- so we examine the best of them for you! Read More .


And it gets even better when you start incorporating Google Now Do Everything in the Car Hands Free With Google Now You don't have to text and drive. In fact, you can do a lot with only your voice while driving -- even more than texting! Read More because you’ll be able to use these awesome voice navigation tricks 8 Voice Tricks for Google Navigation That You Never Knew About With "OK Google" enabled, you'll never have to touch Google Maps again. These voice tricks will make sure of that! Read More .

But Waze recently introduced a new feature that’ll blow you away and seriously tempt you into switching for good. It’s called Planned Drives and it’s a game changer. It’s available on both iOS and Android.


Here’s how it works: you tell Waze what your destination is and when you need to arrive there. Waze then takes many factors into consideration — distance, traffic patterns, accidents, etc. — and tells you when you need to leave in order to get there on time.

Waze is also smart enough to adjust its estimate based on real-time changes in traffic conditions, in which case it will notify you of said adjustments.


And if you grant it permission, Waze can integrate with your calendar events and Facebook events to automatically create Planned Drives on your behalf.

Will this feature eventually come to Google Maps? Probably, but nobody knows when. For now, it’s a killer advantage that could temporarily crown Waze as navigation king.

What do you think of this feature? Is it as exciting as it sounds or is it something you’d never actually use in practice? Let us know with a comment below!

Image Credit: Woman Driving via Shutterstock

Related topics: Google Maps, Time Management, Waze.

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  1. Phil N.
    October 27, 2016 at 4:58 am

    Google Maps has done this for a long time.

  2. Alisha P Keffer
    August 21, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    If I have an address in my calendar, Google tells me when I need to leave by to arrive on time. The key is integrating everything together.

  3. Jasper.1
    August 20, 2016 at 7:33 am

    You know that Google owns Waze, right? And that many of Google Maps' great features come via Waze?

  4. June Fudger
    August 15, 2016 at 3:02 am

    I think that I'll stick with Google maps for now with a paper map backup in the glove box. Everyone should know how to use a regular map in case of emergency. They are generally free from local tourist information centers or from AAA or CAA (Canada) if you are a member.

    I'll also tell you a good way to tell where the speed traps are. If everyone starts to slow down in an area, don't get mad, stomp on it and pass them. You can bet that these are locals and they know that the cops tend to sit in that spot.

  5. Papp
    August 14, 2016 at 5:03 am

    Waze sometimes take you to wrong place....... one can always rectify it with the Google map.

  6. Brad
    August 9, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Wow! Have we become so lazy and/or ignorant that planning a trip requires an application to tell us when to leave, etc?
    When you set a destination on google maps it tells you the time required for travel at that moments inquiry. Then you add in time for gas, food and restroom stops or anything else plus some extra time time for any unexpected delays. With this you know when you need to depart to arrive at destination on or ahead of time.
    Getting tired of these useless changes developers keep making trying to one-up their competition while gobbling more of my phones precious memory.
    Jeez! Enough with these applications thinking for us and trying to manage every aspect of our lives. When someone or something does all our thinking for us and we become dependent then we lose the ability to think for ourselves. We evolve to adolescents while our smart devices become our parents.
    So to sum it all up, Waze's new change is worthless.

    • Phil N. I
      October 27, 2016 at 5:00 am

      That's not laziness, it's efficiency.

  7. Shawn Johnson
    August 5, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    I have had problems with waze not knowing of big construction in the way, it has happened every time we travel and there is a detour, we have to basically figure it out ourselves on getting around, I thought it would already know about construction ahead of time and show us a way around it or tell us, this is just 10-20 miles away for destination, but when I used Google maps from a website just the other day, I first couldn't understand why I was going in a circle until I saw the road was shut off at one place that was right in front of where I needed to be, that's so important when you have no idea where you are and detours get you lost, there are times when brand new roads and highways have been put in, and Google maps were not up to date which really left us lost, even using real time GPS through Verizon gets one lost when new roads on highways are changed, they tell you to turn when there is no turn, then what? I am still looking for the most reliable GPS, most long state to state trips end up disastrous leaving us in the worst part of towns cause of lack of updates, anyone know of the best GPS to use that would give real time traffic that's for real real time?

  8. Graham C
    August 4, 2016 at 3:30 am

    This feature is already in place on Google with Android. Just attach the location to your calendar appointment and Google will remind you before you need to leave.
    It even picks up email appointment confirmations from your trusted senders and create the appointment for you with a reminder, don't have to do a thing.

  9. Wade
    August 4, 2016 at 1:57 am

    While I do like Google Maps, I have been using Waze for a long time and will continue because of the features that warn about hazards, trafficissues, police and other activities. Waze does take the prize over Google maps, however, when going into cities that I am not used to, Google maps tells and shows you the lanes that one needs to be in while driving, especially helpful for getting off on exits. Waze needs to add that feature and I would use Waze 100% of the time instead of 95% of the time.

  10. Mike
    August 3, 2016 at 12:34 am

    Discovered Waze a couple of years ago and use it almost exclusively. It worked well in the US as well as in Dubai.

    Checked it's ETA against Goggle Maps on a really bad LA traffic day and the Waze roting was a half an hour faster than Googles and got me home when it said it would. Use it daily getting in and out of downtown and it usually keeps me on the lightest traffic route ... Didn't know there were that many ways to get home.

    Waze hunts alternate routes much more aggressively than Google and it's almost always correct when it diverts you.

  11. Lawrance
    August 1, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Looks like an interesting app but why does it need access to my text messages and "other" accounts linked to my phone as well as my photo albums?

  12. Mike Mincey
    August 1, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    The problem I have with Wade is that it will not plot a route over 1000 miles. Really would have liked to have that on my drive up the east coast from Florida to Upstate NY and Canada. Google Maps for the win there.

  13. Jan Fitch
    August 1, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Ive been using waze since last year. Had the need for this feature recently. It was very helpful

    • Joel Lee
      August 19, 2016 at 7:22 pm

      Cool, nice to hear that it proved useful. :)

  14. TheRealTachyon
    August 1, 2016 at 12:19 am

    Wow, this has been a feature of Google Now for a long time. Just put the appointment and location into Google Calendar and Google Now automatically does this. A reminder will pop up in Google Now telling you what time you need to leave by to reach your destination on time given not only traffic conditions but your current location.
    This is one of Google Now's killer features. So no, it won't be coming to Google Maps because it's already a feature of Google Now.

  15. Psavy
    July 31, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    App should have option to use location only during use. I deleted app because it uses too much battery when not using.

  16. Ray Francis
    July 31, 2016 at 3:23 am

    If you have been observant, the owner of Waze is still Google thus, there is a smooth interface between the two.

  17. Harvey Payne
    July 31, 2016 at 2:43 am

    One thing Waze does that Google doesn't is use express lanes. If the freeway is jammed, Waze will direct me to the express lanes. If I choose on my own to drive on the express lanes, Google Maps is just lost. It keeps zooming in and out and popping up a message saying "no route available." As soon as I leave the express way, it properly routes me again. Since I regularly use the express ways as a viable alternative to sitting in traffic, I will continue to use Waze.

    I do like Waze's new feature of showing me the speed limit, when I'm exceeding it. I wish it would show the limit all the time though.

  18. Melissa
    July 31, 2016 at 1:59 am already does this. At least with Android. Canan apple use waze? Congratulations on catching up. "I don't know when google will have this feature"....sure.

  19. Ed
    July 30, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    Yea. Been getting 'leave by' details and predictions from Google for ages. Research next time.

  20. michael jennings
    July 30, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Will waze ever become user friendly for commercial vehicles? Hmm?

  21. Soundarya Singh
    July 30, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Google now already has this feature. And it's linked to your Google calendar so I don't see the point in switching to waze.

  22. Mark
    July 30, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    I have had nothing but issues wit

    • Mark
      July 30, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      Sorry for the error. I have had nothing but problems with WAZE these days. I used to love this app audio breakup and gps issues are driving me crazy. I use WAZE on iOS devices. Perhaps it's my operating system. Checking other comments on other sites, I am not alone. If anyone has a fix or suggestion! I would appreciate it

  23. Jon Linley
    July 30, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Google now does this already. If you have a meeting in your calendar with an address, Google now let's you know when you need to leave. It works for all Google maps options. E. G. Car, public transport etc. You can also select to arrive 10 mins early.

  24. ZK
    July 14, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Arrive by function is available when you're using Google Maps on browser, whereas on mobile app you can only use it for public transport. The time shown does reflect the predicted traffic pattern.
    I think this function is not on mobile app because of their marketing decision.

  25. Tom
    July 3, 2016 at 3:56 am

    "you tell Waze what your destination is and when you need to arrive there. Waze then takes many factors into consideration — distance, traffic patterns, accidents, etc. — and tells you when you need to leave in order to get there on time."

    Without Google Now, I use Google Maps, tell it my destination, and taking all those factors into consideration, it tells me the time I will arrive there if I leave now. When the destination time becomes nearly the time I need to arrive, that's when I leave. Is this rocket science or is there something about a phone telling me the time to leave that I cannot figure myself with 2nd grade subtraction? Just asking.

    • Joel Lee
      July 4, 2016 at 2:03 am

      Yeah that works fine, but what if it's 9AM right now and you want to leave at 5PM? Traffic patterns will be different so the actual route time will differ. And what if an accident occurs at 3PM, rendering your main route delayed by half an hour? Waze can automatically adjust for that. But the biggest benefit are the automatic notifications, especially when the time changes.

      • Tom
        July 4, 2016 at 2:29 am

        So you're saying this update to Waze can predict 3PM accidents at 9AM in the morning? You're right, that is exceptional!

        I know that when the accident occurs at 3PM, Google maps will update the destination time based on present traffic conditions. And Google will constantly update it. If it was originally suggesting the drive was 45 minutes to arrive at 5PM and the drive begins to trend longer before I leave, it will tell me I will arrive at 5PM not at 4:15, but at 4:05, 3:55, or earlier.

        But Google cannot yet predict the future. Waze has it beat there!

        • Joel Lee
          July 4, 2016 at 2:39 am

          No, that's not what I said.

  26. santiago
    June 28, 2016 at 6:36 am

    I use only waze for the police traps issue.
    Since speed limit is just an arbitrary decision and the police uses it just to enrich the authorities incomes, therefore it is a daily battle and in the battle between civilians and police, one must use the best possible allies.

    • Joel Lee
      July 4, 2016 at 2:01 am

      It's a valid perk of using Waze, assuming the police trap warnings are reliable for your area.

  27. Grymwulf
    June 28, 2016 at 5:45 am

    I wonder if anyone here realizes that Waze is owned by Google since 2013...

    • Joel Lee
      July 4, 2016 at 2:01 am

      Yes, Google owns Waze, but the two apps are still separate.

  28. Mark Messinger
    June 28, 2016 at 3:00 am

    If only Waze would actually be incorporated into Android Auto. . . It's been promised, for more than a year (I think). And still, no Waze availability, in Android Auto.

    So, what does that mean, for me? It means I do not use Android Auto.

    • Joel Lee
      July 4, 2016 at 2:00 am

      Ah, yeah. Maybe in the future...

    • sinned96
      August 1, 2016 at 3:35 am

      Google get its traffic information from the Waze users

  29. Rob
    June 28, 2016 at 2:17 am

    Yes, I travel extensively for work, and drive quite a lot at my work destinations. All these points have been in Google Maps and Google Now for quite some time. I used to be a hardcore Waze user, but have discovered that Maps is just as good without having to install another app. And as for the police traps, I don't care. Google Now tells me when I'll arrive based on driving the speed limits and includes accidents and the like in the calculation, so I sit back relax and enjoy my drives rather than stressing out about breaking laws and getting caught. I've never been late to an appointment if I left when Now told me to leave regardless of the distance.

    • Joel Lee
      June 28, 2016 at 2:45 am

      There's no doubt that Maps is awesome for driving. However Rob, I don't think Maps can do planned drives without also using Google Now, and not all Maps users also use Now. For them, Waze is the only way to get that feature at the moment. (If I'm wrong, please let me know!)

      • Rob
        October 24, 2016 at 3:19 pm

        Maps integrates with your calendar just like Waze. If you really want to know the feature that beats Maps it's Waze's speed display. Waze always shows the speed limit which in some cities is very much needed. I drive the speed limit when I know it, and therein is the rub. Recently, they changed the speed limits in area, and Waze was updated quickly whereas Maps still had old speed limits in its calculations.

  30. Axel
    June 27, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    Google has indeed already been doing this for a while now and not just with drives, but also if I go by bike or by public traffic (we use bikes in the Netherlands a lot). Also, Google has taken over Waze some time ago, so the accidents and traffic is the same on maps as on Waze.
    Next time, read the facts before you write and publish a story!

    • Joel Lee
      June 28, 2016 at 2:43 am

      Hey Axel, there's a difference between Google Now and Google Maps. If Maps actually does have this feature, please show me how to access it because as far I know, there's no way to get Planned Drives in Maps without also using Now (and not all Maps users also use Now).

  31. Bob
    June 27, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    I was recently on a long road trip and tried both. After a little bit I switched to using Google full time. Seems as much as I want to find alternatives to using the mega giant for most things I tend to gravitate back to them.

    • Joel Lee
      June 28, 2016 at 2:41 am

      Google Maps is really nice so I don't blame you. If it works, use it! :)

    • Anonymous
      June 29, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      Bob, FYI, Waze is part of the Mega Giant too!! :P

      El Goog bought Waze 3 years back.

  32. Michael
    June 27, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Google now has been doing this for awhile. Waze finally got speed limits, which is awesome, but it seriously needs a better search functionality.

    Either way though, I use ways because it tells me where police traps are. All the other stuff is just an added bonus.

    • Joel Lee
      June 28, 2016 at 2:41 am

      Thanks Michael, the speed limits feature is pretty nice. And yeah, I remember Waze hit some controversy a while back because of the whole police trap thing. I'm surprised it can still do that. :P

      • Anonymous
        July 31, 2016 at 10:54 pm

        The reason that they can still notify about the police is because they checkmated the police. The police argued that they should stop the notifications because cars would slow down. Waze (Google) asked police why they had speed limits. Police couldn't say in order to make money. They had to say it was for safety reasons. Waze argued that the app achieves the same result, in that it slows drivers down. Waze therefore argued that the notifications makes the roads safer. Checkmate!

  33. Tanvir
    June 27, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    May be the writer is an iPhone User ;)

    • Joel Lee
      June 28, 2016 at 2:37 am

      Nope! I just make mistakes. :P

      • Anonymous
        June 29, 2016 at 1:37 pm

        Are you saying being an iPhone User is not a mistake? :P

  34. Jeroen Peeters
    June 27, 2016 at 11:56 am

    This has been a feature in Google Now for a while now. In fact, they're usually the first ones to notify me.

    • Joel Lee
      June 28, 2016 at 2:40 am

      Yeah Google Now is great! But I differentiate between Now and Maps because not everyone who uses Maps also uses Now, so until Maps itself gets a similar feature, Waze wins for me. (As far as I know, Maps doesn't have it yet.)

  35. Anonymous
    June 27, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Google Now already reminds me when it's time to leave for an appointment. I don't see the difference?

    • Joel Lee
      June 28, 2016 at 2:39 am

      Thanks Peter, you're right Google Now does do something similar, but as far as I know Google Maps does not have it, and not everyone who uses Maps has Google Now (iPhone users for example). Which does raise a question though: why doesn't Maps have it?