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Why isn't there a Waze-Fork with OSM-Data?

Posted by kerosin on 13 September 2011 in English (English)

I understand that Waze has interests to build their own map-data to sell them, but since waze is open-source I ask myself why there isn't a waze fork out yet.

Has this circumstance technical reasons or are there not enough developers that are interested in a project like that? I would be interested in explanations or comments :)
Thanks in advance!

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Comment from stephan75 on 13 September 2011 at 17:19

you can find some info at the OSM wiki ... search there for "waze", for example at http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/GSoC_Project_Ideas_2010 -> Waze

sounds like license issues.

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Comment from Sanderd17 on 13 September 2011 at 18:02

There is a license issue for waze to use OSM data.

But if waze is open source, OSM could use Waze and contribute back to OSM, this would solve the license issue. But I never heard waze was open source.

Anyway, automated contributions are difficult. Waze is specialised in traffic info and driving speeds. These are two things where OSM is bad at. OSM is mainly for static features.

And for static features, the most automated you can get with OSM is automatic uploading of GPX files.

BTW, only the client code of Waze is open source, not the routing engine or the data query engine.

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Comment from jutezak on 13 September 2011 at 20:09

An OSM based router could also refine house numbers by noting the request including number, checking where the person ends up, and guessing that must be the correct location. But how can the initial guess be made acceptable? How can the GPS stay on until the person enters the destination?

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Comment from kerosin on 14 September 2011 at 12:19

ah, i just saw this page http://www.waze.com/wiki/index.php/Source_code and thought the whole thing is open source. so their servers and api are proprietary? i mean there is a routing engine with data query engine by cloudmade. but the question is if it's hard to implement new data-sources to the waze-app or if it might be easier to develop a new app from scratch.

contributing gpx would proably the biggest benefit for the osm-community. i wasn't talking about automated contributions to osm and things like traffic info or average driving speed statistics (if wazes servers are not open) could be stored to a separate database (at best free license aswell).

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