While talks regarding Facebook’s potential acquisition of Waze may be off, that doesn’t’ mean the social network and the Israel-based satellite-navigation startup aren’t working together. Waze Thursday introduced Waze 3.7, which integrates Facebook events into the application’s navigation lists.
When Waze users are connected to Facebook, their events on the social network will automatically be added to their navigation lists shortly before the start time of the events, and they can tap on those events for directions.
Friends en route to the same events will also appear on a vertical transparent bar on the right side of the Waze map, and tapping on that bar will offer those friends’ estimated times of arrival at the events.
Waze Vice President of Product and Marketing Yael Elish told CNET:
This is far more efficient and safer instead of texting or calling to find out where people are. We see driving patterns every day, and we’re always thinking of ways to improve the driving experience.
Other new features in Waze 3.7 include:
- Real-time and offline “beep beeps” at friends.
- Exclusive moods for map editors — T. Rex, robot, and eight-bit.
- Redesigned, sleeker pop-up alerts.
- Inbox moved to the main menu.
- New three-state mute button in the main menu (mute, alerts only, and on).
- Foursquare check-in available from report menu.
- Lock up north added to settings.
- Support for “JVC App Link Mode” for compatible in-dash car audio receivers.
- Multiple fixes and optimization.
Drivers: Have you ever tried out Waze?