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Attitude app

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What if there was an app that measured, managed, and enhanced our attitude?

 

Yesterday at the end of a seven-mile run, a neighbor and i spent some time catching up. His son, 18, had left just minutes before to drive by himself to Philadelphia. My neighbor is a Spanish-speaking Pastor. i could sense his parental distress from the reality of his son leaving the nest.

Another neighbor, retired, drove up and through the passenger side window, asked me if i had heard of the WAZE app. It tells you where speed traps are set up and where there are red-light enforcement cameras, etc.

i was so astonished that people would even need such an app. If you drive the speed limit (and why wouldn’t you) and respect traffic light rules of engagement, then the app is worthless.

You can also say to Siri, “Check traffic” and you have an instant, up to date report, in seconds.

Caught myself sounding a bit self-righteous and reminded my neighbor to please keep sharing his discoveries, even though i have no use for WAZE.

 

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five different sites.

2 replies on “Attitude app”

It’s unfortunate that he identified the app, in that way. I would have called it one of the more intriguing non-standard social apps. It crowdsources traffic data. While there is that law enforcement functionality, many people rely on it for it’s real-time updating functionality. It has the most up-to-date status of traffic patterns because people can report on how heavy/congested traffic is (i.e. light, moderate, heavy, stopped), on their route. They can also post flags for various hazards, such as disabled vehicles or objects on the road. (Of course the police locations are part of those flags, as well.)
I’ve been able to anticipate tires and other objects in the road, because of audible warnings that he app gives. Last week, we were able to warn people about a pallet in the middle of the road. We knew it worked, because there’s the ability to thank people (like FB Liking) in the app. It also does discourage the use of the App by actual drivers, by only allowing you to continue using the app, while moving, if you’re a passenger. (Of course, that’s more of an honor system issue, since drivers can just tell the app that they’re a passenger.)
Because of this, a couple of years ago, Google actually bought the company (Waze) and uses it’s real-time data to feed it’s traffic data in Google Maps. So, you lose the “social” functionality in Google Maps. But, you still benefit from the data.
The data you get from Siri is actually gathered by the location sharing from Apple devices. This passive method is also used by Google from Android devices. But, that data is more of an approximation than anything, since they can only gather a location.
The app is meant to be for commuters, so as to identify the most effient routes to and from work. It’s not even engineered to handle driving directions that extend past a 1,000 mile range, since that’s not the intended audience.
Also, If I recall, correctly – years ago, they even removed the ability to identify police, in the app. But, they reinstated the functionality, because users were still reporting the police locations as road hazards, which made the data inaccurate.

But, I guess the short summary is that there is a lot more practical use to Waze than just the police data that your neighbor gathers. (Maybe you can school him on that, the next time.) 🙂

Wow, guessing you have some passion around this app. Cool.

i just ask Siri, “Check traffic”…it’s good enough for me.

i know very few people who:
1. drive the speed limit
2. leave early enough to not have to rush to make it somewhere on time
3. never tailgate
4. have no need to speed up when the light turns yellow

None of those described me until i became a parent and started thinking about teaching safe driving habits when our child was four. You know, get a good dozen years or so before they get their learner’s permit.

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