As Google and Apple square off in the maps space, the directionally challenged may also want to consider alternatives for mapping. One such app, Waze, takes a look at maps with a social slant. Waze also reads out turn-by-turn directions — a key feature for any successful map app. Users report the traffic conditions and other incidents on the road to build the app’s data. Sometimes this means that the data is really rich, but it also means that you may be out of luck if there aren’t other users in the area. And while the app is good for looking at traffic on routes you already know, it’s less helpful for finding your way around a place that you’re unfamiliar with because the routing data isn’t always accurate.
The app is by no means perfect, but Waze can help with your commute if traffic is a great unknown. Free, for iPhone and Android.
— Hayley Tsukayama