Google Officially Announces Acquisition of Waze

Posted June 11, 2013 at 3:51pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 5541 views

Google has officially announced that it's acquired the Waze mapping application.

Brian McClendon, Vice President, Geo made the announcement:

We’ve all been there: stuck in traffic, frustrated that you chose the wrong route on the drive to work. But imagine if you could see real-time traffic updates from friends and fellow travelers ahead of you, calling out “fender bender...totally stuck in left lane!” and showing faster routes that others are taking.

To help you outsmart traffic, today we’re excited to announce we’ve closed the acquisition of Waze. This fast-growing community of traffic-obsessed drivers is working together to find the best routes from home to work, every day.

The Waze product development team will remain in Israel and operate separately for now. We’re excited about the prospect of enhancing Google Maps with some of the traffic update features provided by Waze and enhancing Waze with Google’s search capabilities.

We’ll also work closely with the vibrant Waze community, who are the DNA of this app, to ensure they have what’s needed to grow and prosper.

The Waze community and its dedicated team have created a great source of timely road corrections and updates. We welcome them to Google and look forward to working with them in our ongoing effort to make a comprehensive, accurate and useful map of the world.

You can download Waze from the App Store for free.

Read More [via Tzvi]

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digihead - June 12, 2013 at 10:05am
waze is fucked now - will be more ads than maps :@:@:@:
Mi2 - June 12, 2013 at 9:38am
Spam and lots of Advert
Phil - June 12, 2013 at 1:33am
How is this good news for anyone except Google, who gets to eliminate some competition, and Waze's owner, who picks up some quick cash? What a crummy deal for the rest of us.
Axe - June 11, 2013 at 10:07pm
Gr8 :-/
Swede - June 11, 2013 at 7:20pm
Bye Waze!
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