The Waze community has grown significantly in the Philippines. There are currently 2.85 million active users on the navigation app, of which 30 are map editors.
These map editors are the unsung champions of the technology community. They have taken the responsibility of maintaining and updating the Waze map, which requires a significant amount of time. These map editors have committed themselves without anything in return but their own personal fulfillment. They make sure that the routing is correct through users’ reports, place submissions, and setting up of road closures and/or restrictions.
Map editors also play a significant role in making sure that more features are made available in their local community. For instance, they ensure that 90% of the local gas stations are plotted on the map to make the gas price feature available to the Filipino Waze users. “We also lobby with Waze for things that we know the Philippines needs, such as number coding and motorcycle support,” Ada added.
While it does not fall under their responsibility, map editors also play an active role in managing the local community. Through social media platforms, they keep the community posted on matters related to Waze.
As a map editor, Ada said her motivation comes from doing something valuable to the community. “I figured, since I can’t do something about the traffic situation directly, I might as well help people to save time by getting them out of traffic faster.”
Today, more Wazers are realizing this same sentiment as the pool of map editors continue to grow. Waze may not be the only answer to the worsening traffic situation, but it can definitely be utilized to come up with solutions, just like how the Waze community is involved in developing the app.
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