Waze yesterday won “Best Overall Mobile App” at the 2013 Global Mobile Awards, an awards program in its 18th year. (No, I never heard of it either!) It run in connection with Mobile World Congress, which runs this week in Barcelona.
To select the nominees for the 2013 awards, more than 160 independent analysts, journalists, academics and subject matter experts throughout the world participated in the judging process. In addition, the chief technology officers of 14 mobile operators took part in judging the ‘ Outstanding Overall Mobile Technology’ award, including CTOs from 3, Etisalat, KT, M1, Movistar, MTN, NTT DoCoMo, Optus, SK Telecom, Telefónica, Telstra, T-Mobile, VimpelCom and Vodafone.
2013 Global Mobile Awards sponsors include: McAfee (Apps of the Year), Myriad (Social & Economic Development) and Telmap (Connected Life Awards and Best Mobile Services). Market data for the ‘Best Mobile App for Consumers’ and ‘Best Mobile App for Enterprise’ categories was provided by Distimo.
And, today, the company announced version 3.6 with an important new feature: the ability to close roads in real time.
We’re very excited to announce that as of today, Wazers now have the ability to report and close roads on the map in real-time!
Enter Waze 3.6, introducing the first real-time crowdsourced solution to helping drivers navigate around road closures and get where they need to be.
An algorithm makes sure a closure is not an error and will automatically open roads when cars are driving on it again. In the meantime, routing will avoide the road in question.