In response to the COVID-19 outbreak around the globe, Waze has activated its community and network of partners across its Volunteer Communities, Waze for Cities programs, and more, to support crisis response.
Waze data shows that across the world, most countries have dramatically stopped driving. Globally, Waze users are driving 60% fewer kilometers compared to the February daily average for a two-week period (11 February 2020 – 25 February 2020). In line with the global trend, with the country-wide Movement Control Order in place, Waze users in Malaysia are driving significantly less (80% fewer kilometers), compared to the same February daily average.
Despite the overall decrease in the number of people on the road, there are still essential journeys that need to be made every day, such as purchasing daily necessities, seeking medical care, or to perform official duties for those under “essential services” – which is why Waze believes that its data can help users plan their drives more effectively. To support this, Waze Map Editors and Waze Crisis Response team are currently working with 58 countries (and counting) to add region-specific relief efforts including road closures, red zones, and more, to the map.
Waze has also launched a COVID-19 Landing Page asking governments around the world to contribute data on medical testing center and emergency food distribution center locations to help improve its maps for users. Once the data is received, Waze will validate and add the details to the map, and then inform drivers accordingly.
Another initiative that Waze has quickly rolled out is support for drive-throughs and curbside pickup to help provide users with minimal contact access to Waze’s partners products, such as food and other essentials, while remaining compliant with social distancing guidelines with new Location Personalities badges and search features. Businesses who need to update their information can do so in a few simple steps or contact Waze’s support team for help.