Waze navigates users to exclusive discounts on gas

Waze, the crowdsourced traffic app, is trying to save people money as well as time. The company is unveiling a discount fuel service that lets users receive 5-10 cents off each gallon they buy from more than 200,000 gas stations across the country.

Waze adds hands-free option for traffic reporting, navigation

Waze users on the iPhone will be able to operate hands-free, leveraging the phone’s proximity sensor to initiate commands. Users who normally keep the app running while driving to stay abreast of traffic conditions will now be able to navigate or report accidents or traffic.

Forget gas: Pioneer fills your car with mobile apps

Pioneer’s new $599 AppRadio2, a smart, 7-inch capacitive touch display radio supports both iOS and Android phones. It includes an external GPS, rear-camera input, and of course, smartphones with compatible apps. Looks like a great way to get Pandora, Waze, or Rdio integrated with your car!

Waze arms TV stations with crowdsourced traffic data

After its successful showing during LA’s Carmageddon, Waze, a crowdsourced traffic data app, is now launching a broadcast partner program to allow local TV stations to tap into its data and leverage the app to engage consumers. It is a validation of crowdsourced data and reporting.

Waze picks up $30M and plans Chinese expansion

Waze, the smart crowd-source traffic information application, has picked up $30 million in a Series C round of funding as it looks to capitalize on a burgeoning international opportunity, particularly in China. The company has also hit 7 million users around the world.

Waze prepares for its closeup with Carmageddon

While almost no one is looking forward to Los Angeles’ so-called Carmageddon, an upcoming closure of a busy freeway, crowd-sourced traffic app Waze sees an opportunity to shine. The company is teaming with the local ABC affiliate to beef up ABC’s real-time traffic information for drivers.

Waze 2.0 Helps Keep Groups Together and Informed

Waze today launches version 2.0 of its social-based navigation and mapping application, adding a number of small changes and one big feature. The new Waze Groups allows users to create small groups that can easily share traffic information and track the location of group members.

Mobile App Developers, We Have a Problem

iappsMobile apps are hot. Apple users have downloaded 2 billion of them, Microsoft just launched its Windows Marketplace for Mobile and Verizon, which is trying to lure developers to its own app store due to open later this year, in the meantime has announced it will launch Android-based devices preloaded with apps, and access to the Android Market. But amid all the excitement some painful realities are starting to emerge, such as the role that smartphones play in distracted driving, or the effect some apps can have on battery life or the cellular network. A recently launched startup — Waze — exemplifies some of those issues, while also showing off the great promise of mobile apps when ubiquitous wireless enables access to data. Read More about Mobile App Developers, We Have a Problem