To promote compliance with containment measures in France which prohibit movement, except for very specific priority reasons, Waze – owned by Google – has decided to remove from its interface the possibility of reporting police checks on roads in France . Usually, the GPS application allows each user to report an “event” on their route: traffic jams, accidents, or the presence of police, for example.
But while the police are increasing the number of fines for non-compliance with confinement (more than 91,000 infractions were noted in one week), such a functionality is likely to encourage circumvention of the bans. During a trip to Paris on Wednesday, March 18, we saw that the presence of police indicated in Waze corresponded to a roadside check for traffic certificates.
Waze therefore deactivated the police reporting function “Temporarily in France, since the weekend of March 21”, clarified at World a spokesperson for the company, Thursday, March 26. The application, which has 14 million active users per month in France, also displays at the opening a warning message to drivers specifying that they should only take the wheel in the event of “Absolute necessity”. Waze also states at World have decided, in conjunction with the French authorities, to pin the cards of its application “Medical centers where it is possible to be tested for Covid-19”, in “Some affected areas of the country”.
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