Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google has upgraded its mapping and navigation app to make it easier for drivers in Los Angeles to steer around tricky intersections. Waze will help in solving the Left-hand turns which more often than not can be a safety hazard especially in the absence of traffic light.
Waze will safe many the agony of having to make hectic left turns from tiny streets to join multi-lane arteries. Speaking about the app, its spokeswoman Julie Mossler said that no one will be forced to take additional longer routes unless they want to create more problems for themselves.
However, even though the app’s aim is to reduce the amount taken on intersections, there are some instances though not many that Waze is likely to lengthen some drives. Nevertheless, it will still be handy enough in the calculation of the best possible route that will facilitate the bypassing of an awkward intersection.
The creation of the app was in conjunction of the local Angelenos particularly the map editors after presenting a list of intersections that were presumed to be the most difficult to navigate in Los Angeles.
Apart from the Los Angeles City, another 18 countries are also benefiting from it. They include France, Italy, Netherlands, Brazil, and Colombia among others. Notably, the US is not on the current list but never the less there is an expected launch of support for other cities.
Nonetheless, as this sounds such an incredible shift of things that will avert road perils, its dependence also has its risks. Sometimes navigation systems do not give an alert of potential dangers to drivers when driving according to recent studies.
The research further outlines adverse effects on brain growth commonly occasioned by the regular use of navigation systems while driving. Mental maps are interrupted which leads to less remembrance of a person’s surrounding.
From all these observations, Veronique Bohbot, a neuroscientist, and scholar of spatial memory and navigation recommends the importance of people having to take care of health instead of just sitting in the comfort of navigation systems.