Waze Presents: a LA Traffic Story

Howdy Wazers-

Have you ever wondered what it would look like if we compiled all the hazards and traffic you report in and rendered them into one, fine-lookin' video? Well considered your wonder sated. Today, we're pumped to show you what one day's worth of traffic looks like in Los Angeles-

Watch out for the 7AM commuting madness! Big props to GAFFTA & Nik Hanselmann for actualizing this sweet visualizing.

We'd like to thank all of you, our amazing community, for making this kind of visualization possible with your relentless contributions! We owe it all to you!

Also a huge thank you to all of you who came out to see Waze @ SXSW! See you next year!


  1. Cool video. I enjoyed Diann's presentation at SxSW!

  2. Nice! Can you do something like this for The Netherlands too?

  3. LOL. I saw my commute path lightup at the time I go to work!

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  5. Very pretty. Although I’m not sure what I’m seeing, except that there is a lot of it. And even more of it during rush hour.

    I have some questions:

    - What does it mean when a road segment ‘flashes’ turns from regular white to bright white? My guess is that those indicate the travel path of a Waze-enabled vehicle.

    - What do the red and orange clouds mean, and why are they different widths? Perhaps those indicate traffic density?

    I’ve been stuck in a major traffic jam at 3:30AM on the 405 in the middle of the week. Sometimes the traffic just doesn’t stop ;)

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