Drivers Try to Trick Popular Traffic App Waze - NBC Southern California

Drivers Try to Trick Popular Traffic App Waze

"Fake, coordinated traffic reports can’t come to fruition..." Waze said in a statement

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    Traffic App Waze Upsets Westside LA Residents

    Some residents in LA's Westside are upset the popular traffic app Waze is diverting traffic from the freeways to neighborhood side streets. Mekahlo Medina reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. (Published Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014)

    Westside Los Angeles residents are working to fool Waze — a popular traffic app — into believing the side streets are clogged, so that the app stops diverting traffic into their neighborhoods.

    Waze is a driving tool that uses crowd sourcing to tell commuters the best roads to get to where they need to go in the least amount of time.

    "The freeways are not enough anymore," said Lawrence Marshall. "It's head on. They are dialed in. I'm avoiding traffic."

    The problem: the app is diverting traffic from the freeways to neighborhood side streets.

    Some West LA residents have had enough, declaring war against the app.

    Waze promises that residents’ plan to trick the app will not work.

    "Fake, coordinated traffic reports can't come to fruition because they’ll be negated by the next 50 people that drive down the street passively," Waze said in a statement.

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