One of the nifty features of Waze is its ability to help find you the best route that has the least traffic. It also has the ability to allow users to warn other users of upcoming speed cameras, road blocks or police sightings so that users will slow down if they want to avoid getting pulled over, but unfortunately this is a feature that law enforcement officials aren’t too pleased with.
Speaking to the Associated Press (via Engadget), these police officers believe that Waze’s police finding feature would make it too easy for would-be cop killers to find their targets. It would essentially be putting them on the map for everyone to find. To that extent they are hoping that Google (who owns Waze) will take this under serious consideration and disable the feature.
- Police think Waze’s traffic app puts officers in danger (engadget.com)
- Police: Google’s Waze is a ‘stalking’ app (macdailynews.com)
- Could Google’s Waze be a “police stalking” app? (siliconbeat.com)
- Police Think Google’s Waze App Could Get Them Killed (webpronews.com)
- Law Enforcement Wants Police-Tracking App Waze Disabled (usnews.com)
- Sheriffs want popular police-tracking app disabled (dailypaul.com)
- Police say Waze cop-tracker is threat to officers (cbsnews.com)
- Google-owned app Waze could help cop killers find police, say US officers (belfasttelegraph.co.uk)
- Could Google’s traffic software put police officers’ lives in danger? Tech giant under pressure to switch app off (dailymail.co.uk)