Waze Acquires Israeli startup SingleSpotter; Drivers Navigate to Love Faster with New WazeDates

SAN FRANCISCO -- Waze (http://www.waze.com) announces the acquisition of Israeli social enterprise software SingleSpotter, and the subsequent launch of its most social feature yet: WazeDates. After a successful limited beta in San Francisco and Tel Aviv, the feature will launch as an expanded pilot to all Wazers mid-April 2014, allowing drivers to take the same hands-on approach to their personal life as they do to fighting traffic. Brought to market in August 2013, Tel Aviv-based SingleSpotter quickly garnered attention as the most reliable measure of single behavior to become the fuel behind many of Europe’s favorite dating apps. The patented algorithm monitors all smartphone activity, measuring indicators that are most common among single mobile users, including Facebook relationship status, multiple vacation and happy hour listings within the phone’s calendar, frequent use of taxi apps during peak dating hours, unusually small food delivery orders, and unusually high frequency of pet accessory purchases. SingleSpotter’s Single Predictor has an accuracy rate of nearly 57%. The company’s one employee, Israeli entrepreneur Ani Boded, will become Sr. Director of Behavior at Waze. WazeDates, powered by SingleSpotter, alerts drivers to other likely singles on the road nearby. Wazers can adjust preferences to search for drivers based on age, sex, orientation and more. Once a desirable driver is found, users simply invite them to a destination by sharing their ride, or use Map Chat to say hello.
“We all know what it feels like to be stuck at a red light with loneliness as your copilot,” said Julie Mossler, spokesperson, Waze. “The car is an integral part of dating, from picking up your date to hoping for a kiss goodnight. We truly believe this feature will change the way people drive.” Waze is powered by a community of tens of millions of drivers and nearly 150,000 map editors around the world. The app’s product roadmap is largely shaped by the community’s feedback and feature requests. “In-app dating has been the number one request from our drivers for the last six quarters,” said Shirli Lior, Head of Community, Waze. “Wazers are an incredibly bonded, social group. Helping them connect on a romantic level is a natural evolution of the product, and we can’t wait for the first Waze wedding.”
To apply to be a WazeDates tester this spring, email Dates@waze.com APRIL FOOLS! 

7 comments:

  1. Is this article from The Onion? You gifts be kidding!

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  2. What is the date today???
    On est quel jour au fait? ??

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  3. Ha ha ha! Congrats, Waze! You just pulled off your first successful April Fool's Joke! Wocka Wocka!

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  4. Can't we just get the speed limitts of the roads we are on posted on the screen?

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  5. This is good news... I guess. I was just hoping to get the speed limit of the road we are on posted on the WAZE screen.

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