Traffic app Waze urges users to tap ADDA-compliant features

With the Department of Transportation recently revising the implementing rules and regulation of the Anti-Distracted Driving Act (ADDA), mobile app Waze is urging users to tap some of its new features that are compliant with the new law.

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Based on the new rules, the use of mobile phones for navigation applications such as Waze is allowed as long as they are set before driving.

Under the ADDA, there is a “safe zone” that cannot be more than four inches from the vehicle dashboard. Anything beyond that distance will be deemed to be in the “line of sight,” where gadgets and objects are prohibited.

“Waze would like to remind drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and use voice commands to navigate and report incidents along the way. The voice command tells drivers exactly when and where to turn so they can keep their eyes on the road with full focus,” a statement from the company said.

“Safety is always a top priority for Waze and drivers are always encouraged to use the app as it is intended, by docking the phone and leveraging hands-free functionality during their entire route for an undistracted drive,” it added.

The company said Waze also has dedicated safety features that complement the new regulation. “For instance, Waze’s ‘Share your ETA’ feature was launched because there have been accidents caused by drivers texting while on the move to update their arrival time. This feature was introduced to prevent this,” it stressed.

Lastly, Waze also encourages the ‘Planned Drives’ feature, which allows users to connect through their calendar or tell Waze their intended time of arrival. Waze will then prompt the right time to leave, considering traffic.

“With this feature, motorists are able to plan ahead without having to speed, which increases the chance to get into an accident,” it said.

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