Waze gets more social in 3.8 update, lets you share your drives with friends

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The Google-owned social GPS, Maps and Traffic application Waze has been updated with a plethora of new features today, making the app more social and making it much easier to track your friends — and let your friends track you as well.

Waze is now being touted as an “in-car personal assistant” that lets your friends know where you are, when you’ll be arriving, and even whether or not you’ve gotten stuck in traffic. The update is supposed to allow the user to focus on the road, while the app keeps everyone informed on your whereabouts.
The newly updated app lets you share your drive with anyone your planning to meet up with, but finding friends in this new version of the app is also improved. You can now sync your entire contacts list to the app, which can be used alongside Facebook integration to connect with other Waze users. (Notably, however, many users are complaining in reviews of the app that a phone number is required to be able to share drive information, which could be a nuisance.)
Also packed in this update is slightly redesigned UI on some screens (most notably the main menu and the ETA screen), the ability to send and receive friend requests and manage your friends list, and the usual set of bug fixes and stability improvements.
Does this update make Waze more useful for you?
Scroll down for the full changelog:
Keeping up with friends and family is easier than ever before! With new & improved features, put an end to those pesky texts and phone calls – “I’m leaving now,” “I’m stuck in traffic,” “Almost there!” – and let Waze do the work for you.
- Find more friends on Waze by adding Contacts
- Send & receive friend requests and manage your friends list
- Get in touch with friends directly from their profiles: Share a drive, call, message or beep beep to say – hello!
- Locations sent between friends are saved on user profiles for future navigation
- New easy-to-use design for sending locations
- Share your drive to let friends & family know you’re on the way
- Redesigned ETA screen includes friends display to easily share your drive
- New icon on ETA tab shows the number of people viewing your shared drive, and expands for overview of activity
- Main menu redesigned to include new Send Location button and Share Drive button in Nav mode
Bug fixes:
- Waze freezing when performing a search
- General stability improvements
[App Store]

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