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Original author(s) Waze Mobile
Developer(s) Google
Initial release 2006; 12 years ago (2006) (as FreeMap Israel)
Stable release
  • 4.33 (iOS)
  • (Android)
  • (Windows Phone 8–8.1, Windows 10 Mobile)
  • 2.1.99 (Symbian)
  • (BlackBerry)
  • (Windows Mobile 6.x)
/ 29 November 2017; 2 months ago (2017-11-29)
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Operating system
Type GPS navigation software
License Software and Maps: Proprietary
Website www.waze.com

Waze (/wz/; 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.

Waze won the Best Overall App award at the 2013 Mobile World Congress, beating Dropbox, Flipboard and others.[1]

Currently only 13 countries have a full base map; the others are incompletely mapped. As of 2013 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[2]), South Africa,[3] Colombia, Ecuador, Chile and Panama, but the company has plans to complete maps for other countries in Europe and elsewhere.[4][5]

  1. ^ Hoffman, Tzahi (February 27, 2013). "Waze wins Best Mobile App award in Barcelona". Globes. Retrieved February 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Community car GPS navigation – WAZE – at DEMOfall09". YouTube. September 27, 2009. Retrieved September 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Waze Blog – Waze launches in South Africa". Waze.com. March 14, 2012. Retrieved September 25, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Waze Blog – Waze now available internationally – put your country on the map!". Waze.com. November 10, 2009. Retrieved September 25, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Waze Forum – European Maps Schedule Update". Waze.com. Retrieved September 25, 2012. 

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