The goal of the Use of Waze for Cities Partnership Data for Operations and Planning guide is to support state and local transportation agencies in better understanding the data available through the Waze for Cities partnership and to inform a more robust use strategy for the Waze data. The guide:

  • Describes how Waze sources and processes data to make information available to partner agencies, including the specific data fields and access methods. 
  • Introduces findings from research and practitioners on the accuracy of the data.
  • Delves into considerations before and once becoming a Waze for Cities partner.
  • Touches on how and what data agencies can share with Waze.
  • Presents how agencies have developed tools that generate greater value from the data.
  • Summarizes concerns, needs, and future opportunities in the use of Waze data.

This guide draws from published and unpublished discussions, research, and documentation from the FHWA Every Day Counts Rounds 5 and 6 (EDC-5, EDC-6) Crowdsourcing for Operations innovation, including reporting from a peer conference where state and local agencies discussed their experiences using and integrating crowdsourced data; direct experiences from pilot uses of the Waze for Cities data; and other research efforts related to the use of crowdsourced data for transportation applications