Waze is a GPS-based geographical navigation application program for smartphones and tablets. Waze differs from traditional GPS navigation software in that it is community-driven, gathering complementary map data and traffic information from its users. Like other GPS software it learns from users’ driving times to provide routing and real-time traffic updates. It is free to download and use. People can report accidents, traffic jams, speed and police traps, and from the online map editor, can update roads, landmarks, house numbers, etc. Waze also identifies the cheapest fuel station near a user.
The company has introduced a new feature designed to remind drivers not to forget a child. Waze has introduced a new feature: Child Reminder, which will appear once the vehicle reaches its destination by displaying a reminder not to forget a child in the car.
According to advocacy site KidsandCars.com, an average of 29 children passed away from heatstroke in vehicles since 1990. While municipalities, businesses and hospitals issue warnings to parents and drivers, children still perish. The customizable notification means that the user can set a reminder for more than just children once they reach their destination: a reminder for a pet, groceries, or simply something that they need to remember to do after a long car trip.
The feature has appeared in the beta and shows up in the changelog. It’s available under app settings, underneath the options to prevent auto-lock and keep Waze on top. If you find the reminder annoying it, you can disable it from the shortcut in the pop-up window. Waze supports Android, iPhone, Symbian, BlackBerry 10, Windows Phone 8 and Windows Mobile from version 5.