Celebrating Rio and Getting Around the Games

Did you know Brazil is one of the oldest and largest Waze communities in the world? Brazilian map editors were among the earliest to contact Waze and work closely with staff to grow the volunteer map editor program into an active, vibrant community, influencing the product and particularly community development over the past eight years. The business continues to grow, having just relaunched the LatAm Ad Platform with a hub in Sao Paulo and employing nearly 20 Brazilians in various roles in international offices. 

This month, more than 500,000 visitors are expected to attend the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. With more than 800,000 monthly Wazers driving in Rio alone, we jumped at the chance to help residents and visitors alike show their team pride and make their way around the city as safely as possible.

Attending an official event, or want to know which traffic hotspots to avoid? Check out http://www.waze.com/rio to explore real-time conditions at six critical intersections around the games, and plan your travels accordingly. (Waze is not an official sponsor or in any way affiliated with the Olympic Games; this site is intended to share local traffic insights as normally found within the Waze app.)

Even if you can’t make it to Rio this year, there are two new ways to celebrate your country pride:

  • Feel like an all-star athlete with the new sports voice navigator, “The Coach”, available in Portuguese and English. He’ll coach you to victory along every route! To activate, tap Menu > Settings > Voice Language > The Coach (in Portuguese or English).
  • Join your country team within the app and your Wazer will display your country’s flag for all to see. To join a team, tap Menu > My Waze > Teams > Select your country. 

See you on the road!


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