Starting today, Waze users (or Wazers) in the US can expect to start seeing AMBER alerts within the Waze app. The company has voluntarily joined the AMBER alert program and will be pulling information on missing child alerts from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Waze has always been about sharing information for the common good. In this spirit we hope the addition of AMBER alerts to Waze will make a significant contribution to safety and awareness for children and parents across communities everywhere.
Each AMBER alert displayed in the app will contain as much information as possible including a photo of the missing child, as well as make, model, and license plate of a vehicle they may have been travelling in. A more information button will launch the user’s web browser where even more information about the AMBER alert will be displayed.
- Waze will scan the U.S. for AMBER alerts every 10 minutes.
- If there is a live AMBER alert, Waze will display it to Wazers in the relevant geographic area.
- Alerts will only be displayed when Wazers’ vehicles have been completely stopped for 10 seconds and will only appear once per week per individual alert.
- Alerts will disappear when Wazers tap the map or once the vehicle starts moving again.
While many devices already have the capability to receive AMBER alerts, it’s interesting to see a navigation company tie it into their app and display relevant AMBER alerts while using the app. Let us know what you think about Waze adding AMBER alerts to the app in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.Source: Waze