The crowd-sourced Waze app is one of the most popular apps for cutting through busy inner city traffic, with the help of fellow drivers. In fact, it's so great Google forked over a billion bucks for it a couple of years back and integrated it into Google Maps.
Now Waze is coming to the ride-sharing service Lyft, who’s drivers will soon be able to call on it as the app's default mapping platform.
Lyft is using Waze’s SDK to allow drivers to update a driver’s route in real-time using the Waze app.
Also, when navigating with Waze, drivers will be able to press a ‘Return to Lyft’ button in order to tap the “arrived” and “drop off” button during rides. The idea is to help drivers use faster routes, free of roadworks, traffic jams and accidents.
“We’re always looking for ways to give drivers tools for success,” Lyft wrote on its blog.
“Navigation is one of the most important factors for driver ratings. To help drivers keep their ratings high, Waze will now be the default navigation for all new drivers.”
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Lyft is the first company to take advantage of Waze’s SDK and the hope is to offer riders a more dynamic experience to get them to their destination faster.
The news comes a couple of months after Uber called upon satnav veteran TomTom to provide its maps.