Israeli founder of driving navigation startup, Waze received accolades by the mobile industry: The Israeli innovator was nominated as one of the top ten mobile movers by Venturebeat, a leading technology blog, along with Twitter and Square founder Jack Dorsey; chief designer of Angry Birds Jaakko Iisalo; Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs and Android founder Andy Rubin.
The free driving navigation application Waze has so far been downloaded by 15 million users from around the world, and has recently become a main source for traffic reports on US and worldwide broadcasting networks.
The application alerts drivers on road hazards and serves as a turn by turn, voice navigation app. Its main advantage over other driving navigation applications lies in its ability to direct users through traffic in real time, based on user input.
Venturebeat wrote: "Its maps and traffic data are all supplied by Waze users. Ehud Shabtai started the company, according to his official biography, because he kept getting lost".
"More than simply powering a lot of users, Waze has the potential to turn into a real community of people who are crowd-sourcing map creation simply by driving around. What’s more, it could potentially make traffic overall flow in a more intelligent way".
Venturebeat allows readers to vote for their favorite mobile innovator for 2012 here.
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