Google refuses to fix Waze so it won’t route people on 32%-grade road

April 14, 2018

Enlarge / Downtown Los Angeles from the 110 Freeway in 2017. (credit: FG/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

In the wake of complaints about Waze and similar smartphone traffic apps routing through the smaller streets of Los Angeles, one city councilman has decided to dig in and figure out what he can do about it.

Paul Krekorian recently contacted Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez after Lopez described earlier this month how some apps (notably, Waze) route Angeleno drivers over Baxter Street, which features a 32-percent grade street that dates back to the 19th century.

Numerous apps’ traffic algorithms seem to not take into account that Baxter’s unusual configuration, according to local residents, may result in more auto accidents.

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