Waze Still Provides The Fastest Driving Directions

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If you want to get to your destination fast, then you're possibly better off using Google Maps or Waze over Apple Maps. Waze if you truly want the "fastest" option.

Informal testing by a manager at Adobe found that Apple's estimated trip times were typically 8 per cent longer than the trip actually took. The engineer, Artur Grabowski, says he spent "the majority" of 2017 collecting data on Apple Maps, Google Maps, and Waze.

While the estimated trip time was off by 8 per cent, navigation with Apple Maps typically resulted in an arrival time 1 per cent faster than the software predicted.

Grabowski says that "Apple sandbags its estimates so that users on average arrive at the predicted time or slightly sooner." So basically it's intentionally telling you a trip will take longer than it actually will.

It's giving you a conservative estimate so you have a good experience when you arrive a little bit earlier than anticipated, but the directions themselves are often not as fast as what you might get from Waze or Google Maps.

That said, if speed is what you want, then Google Maps is a far superior choice. Navigation done with Google Maps is 5 per cent faster than that done with Apple Maps. If you switch to Google-owned Waze then things get ever faster. Navigation using Waze was 6 per cent faster than Apple Maps.


    I believe the conclusion was that Waze got it wrong, so no, don't use them.

    If you want to get to the destination early, use Google Maps.
    If you want to get there on time, use Apple Maps.

    Last edited 26/02/18 6:40 am

    Why doesn’t google and waze give the same result? Oh wait. Why did I expect that from a company with 20 chat apps that don’t work together.

    So this is based on the 'estimated arrival' time by each app, not actual travel time?
    So if one app says estimated arrival time at say 15 minutes, another 17 minutes and other at 19.
    But you arrive at say 15 minutes, then the other two are rated as giving the wrong stats?

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