While these apps are useful for drivers, they are bad news for quiet areas in large cities, especially as they often send cars on small roads that were previously only used by residents.
London, for example, is the best example as car traffic on quiet C-streets has doubled since 2008 and many blame Waze for it.
While the number of cars has also grown from 27 million cars in the UK since 2007 to 38.3 million today, local authorities say a mix of factors has resulted in massive increases in traffic on quiet roads. These factors include home shopping, van-based home services, and apps that are used to avoid traffic jams, according to the Guardian Department.
Waze, on the other hand, emphasizes that the current road infrastructure is not designed for such a high number of cars and the app only sends vehicles on routes that they are legally allowed to use.
“Roads and paths were not built for today̵
Active travel agent Living Streets, however, accuses Waze of “Wreak havoc on our streets“Because these applications send cars on roads that are not built for such high traffic.
Of course, the easiest way to deal with this is to have the authorities put traffic restrictions on C-roads, as apps like Waze only send drivers on routes they are allowed to use. If a particular residential street is restricted, Waze will offer an alternate route.