On Wednesday, Waze announced a new feature to help users plan for future trips based on traffic predictions.
The new feature is called "Planned Drives" and is rolling out to users as part of the version 4.3 update for the Waze iOS app. "Enter the time and date you need to arrive and Waze will recommend the best time to leave. You'll also receive a reminder closer to your event with an updated departure time based upon real-time road conditions. Just set it and forget it," explained Waze in a blog post. "The Waze Planned Drives screen opens and illustrates peak traffic hours along your future route, taking into account expected traffic conditions based on smart algorithms, aggregated traffic history and predictive analysis."
In addition to announcing the new Planned Drives feature, Waze revealed some Google Now-like abilities for its app. Users can link Waze to Facebook or their calendars and the app will automatically create Planned Drives for upcoming events. Waze can alert users of when it is time to hit the road and, makes it easy to add a stop along your route, and can even send your ETA to friends and family. Google acquired Waze back in 2013 so it's no surprise to see similar features popping up across Google and Waze's offerings. Google is also working on predictive directions, similar to Planned Drives, within Maps. The new Waze update is available on iOS now, with Android to follow "soon." Waze did not specify when the update would roll out to Android users.
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