GPS navigation software has greatly improved drivers' orientation on the road, and navigation apps, including the app of Israel's Waze Ltd., have greatly improved traffic reports. Researchers from the social networks IT security group at Ben Gurion University of the Negev have found that location-based social networks, especially Waze, can help prevent traffic accidents.
Waze is an application which provides, in addition to navigation, information about traffic congestion, police cars, traffic accidents, and safety hazards on the road. The information is distributed via a social network format: application members supply the relevant information. According to Waze, it has 28 million registered members worldwide, including four million in Israel.
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