There are no active ads.

Waze now predicts traffic from concerts, other major events

by Jacob Kleinman | August 11, 2016August 11, 2016 5:45 pm EST

Waze can already help you beat traffic, find the fastest route and even avoid the police. Now the Google-owned company is launching a new feature to help predict traffic and road closures caused by big events.

The company’s new Waze Global Event Partner Program allows organizers to submit their events and list nearby streets and parking lots that could be affected. That way you’ll never accidentally get stuck on the wrong side of a marathon. Event organizers can also embed a live traffic map on their site to help attendees plan their drive.

For regular drivers just looking to get across town, the new feature should be a great improvement. Not only will the app offer better suggestions, it will even send push notification if you get too close to a road closure. The added info might also help explain why you run into unexpected traffic on a route that’s usually reliable.

Waze is launching the new program with 20 partners to start. A handful of U.S. sports teams are already involved, including the Atlanta Falcons (Georgia Dome), the Washington Redskins (FedEx Field), Detroit Lions (Ford Field), the Washington Nationals (Nationals Park), and the Atlanta Hawks (Phillips Arena). The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, which holds 30 events around the world, is also involved.

You don’t need to do anything to take advantage of the new function. Just use the app like always and enjoy the added traffic info. Event organizers can apply to join the program now by clicking the source link below.

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...