|Original author(s)||Waze Mobile|
|Initial release||2006(as FreeMap Israel)|
|Type||GPS navigation software|
|License||Software and Maps: Proprietary|
Waze (//; formerly FreeMap Israel) is GPS navigation software that works on smartphones and tablets with GPS support and provides turn-by-turn navigation information and user-submitted travel times and route details, while downloading location-dependent information over a mobile telephone network. Waze describes its app as a community-driven GPS navigation app, which is free to download and use.
The app was first developed and popularized by Waze Mobile, an Israeli company founded by Ehud Shabtai, Amir Shinar and Uri Levine, funded by two Israeli venture capital firms, Magma and Vertex, and an early-stage American venture capital firm Bluerun Ventures. Waze Mobile was acquired in 2013 by Google.
This article needs to be updated. In particular: Waze supports a lot more countries than mentioned here.(November 2017)
Currently only 13 countries have a full base map; the others are incompletely mapped. As of 2013[update] Waze has a complete base map for the United States, Philippines, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Israel (claimed to be the best map for that country), South Africa, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile and Panama, but the company has plans to complete maps for other countries in Europe and elsewhere.