Navigation apps are supposed to make driving experiences better by suggesting shortcuts for commuters away from heavy traffic. But officials in one town in New Jersey—Leonia—say they’re actually dealing with extreme congestion because of apps like Waze and Google Maps. So next month Leonia’s set to ban drivers who don’t live there, except in limited circumstances. Tom Rowe, Leonia’s police chief, explained the problem last week to The New York Times: “Without question, the game changer has been the navigation apps,” said Tom Rowe, Leonia’s police chief. “In the morning, if I sign onto my Waze account, I find there are 250,000 ‘Wazers’ in the area. When the primary roads become congested, it directs vehicles into Leonia and pushes them onto secondary and tertiary roads. We have had days when people can’t get out of their driveways.” Waze relies on crowd-sourced information to update drivers, which at times leads people to spoof reports of traffic accidents to “deter the app from sending motorists their way,” the Times reports. Google Maps and Apple Maps also send suggested shortcuts out to drivers if heavy traffic is being reported along a route. In response to Leonia’s situation, town officials crafted a solution they admit is “extreme.” Here’s more from NJ.com: They’re about to ban drivers who don’t live there, with limited exceptions, from driving on some of their roads for nine hours every day. If you live or work in Leonia, city hall will issue you a bright yellow tag to hang in… [Read full story]
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