A Simple Sign Resolves the Nightmare Waze Has Created in a Small Village

Waze, here running on CarPlay, helps drivers avoid traffic jams 1 photo
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Waze has become a must-have application, as it helps drivers find a faster route to a specific destination, especially in crowded regions where secondary roads come to the rescue.
So what Waze does is look into user reports signaling traffic jams, speed traps, car accidents, and other things that slow you down and find a way to get you to the destination as fast as possible.

In some cases, this means it’s sending you and other drivers on smaller roads that aren’t necessarily designed for a large volume of traffic, and needless to say, that has caused quite an issue in many regions across the world.

The living proof is the quiet streets of Parmain, Val-d'Oise (Ile-de-France), a small village in France that has been struggling with nightmare traffic for the last three years. And it has all been caused by Waze, which has reportedly been sending drivers to the village roads in an attempt to avoid a large and often congested nearby route.

Someone says they counted no less than 1,200 cars on the road in front of their house in just one day, with the village having just a little over 5,000 inhabitants. Most of them are using the local roads as alternative routes provided by Waze, creating discomfort that residents have been struggling to deal with for nearly three years.

But now the local authorities have found the solution. It took them three years to come down to the conclusion that a no-entry sign is required for non-residents, but it’s better late than never for everybody living in the village, as only some 20 cars a day are now passing on the same road we told you about earlier. Waze has already been updated with the new traffic signs, so the app no longer sends drivers through the village.

Of course, this isn’t the only region where Waze is causing quite a nightmare for residents, as authorities in several other small communities are trying to find an effective way to deal with high levels of traffic on roads originally designed only for a few cars passing every day.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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