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WE CAN now trust our GPS devices to get us to where we want to go, and friends on Twitter and Facebook to warn us about the traffic situation. (Well, most of the time anyway).

But wouldn’t it be great to have an app that aggregates all of that and presents it in an attractive and easy to understand manner. The good news, there already is.

If you haven’t heard about it already, Waze is a social and navigation app that connects you to other road users and informs you about traffic situations.

The tool allows you to join forces with other drivers by exchanging information about traffic situations so we all can get to our destinations on time and as hassle free as possible.

The information you get from Waze can also help you better decide on which route to take. For example, if you want to get from your home to your office, Waze can plot the route as well as mark areas where there is heavy traffic, road works, accidents and also where the traffic cops will be setting up their operations for the day. After digesting all that, you can now take the path of least resistance.

The map also gets updated in real time so don’t be surprised to find new alerts on your map as you drive. If you want to play a more active role in updating the map, there are options for you to do so. Remember, though, that typing and driving do not mix so do it while you’re stationary.

The app fully relies on the community’s contribution so the more information users contribute the more accurate it will be. Waze is available on the Apple App Store and Android marketplace free. — JO TIMBUONG

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