Navigation is a part of daily life, especially if you are moving to a new location. Today, we have two navigation services.
HERE WeGo and Waze are two popular services around the world. How do both differ? The blog post covers HERE WeGo vs. Waze.
HERE WeGo, formerly known as Here Maps, is operated by Here Global. It was first released with Nokia Symbian Phones and then joined the Lumia family. Today, it is available for iOS and Android.
Waze is one of the popular navigation apps on iOS and Android. The robust reporting features make it one step ahead of all the apps.
Waze is owned and operated by Google, and currently, it is the second most used GPS app on mobile phones.
HERE WeGo vs. Waze
With the help of AI and data provided by the app/user, both services calculate the traffic. To dig deeper, I took a test drive (video) to find the difference. Take a look at the below results.
|Service||ETA on start||Dist. on start|
|HERE WeGo||19:09||10 km|
Regarding the traffic, Both did a good job. Initially, the arrival time on Waze was quicker, and the distance was less than in HERE WeGo. But, I had to favor HERE WeGo sometimes to make it an even comparison.
Winner: Tie | Score: HERE WeGo: 1 & Waze: 1
HERE WeGo has about 80 voices in many languages, while Waze offers around 75 voice options. A beneficial thing in Waze is to record personal voice for turns and stuff.
Winner: Tie | Score: HERE WeGo: 2 & Waze: 2
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There is no comparison regarding the transport options. HERE WeGo has more transit options than Waze.
Winner: HERE WeGo | Score: HERE WeGo: 3
Both offer some reporting tools. Waze has an edge in reporting features because of its user-based reporting tool. Take a look at the below table for all the features.
|Static speed camera||✔️||✔️|
|Mobile speed camera||❌||✔️|
|Object on road||❌||✔️|
Waze uses a scoreboard system where users can contribute. The user-based reporting tools in the above section are the features that can be reported.
Depending on the user level, the report is sent to the server. The more a person reports, the more points they get. This feature helps Waze report many things around the area.
Winner: Waze | Score: Waze: 3
HERE WeGo allows downloading maps for different areas. Depending on your location, you can download your city, state, or even the whole country’s map.
It comes in handy when you are in remote areas, or you don’t have enough data left. The app will find the shortest route and not give any traffic updates.
Waze does not allow you to download maps on your phone, but if you start navigating and turn off the internet, the app will work offline without the traffic updates.
Winner: HERE WeGo | Score: HERE WeGo: 4
Related: HERE WeGo vs. Google Maps
- View satellite, transit, and traffic modes
- View business information such as phone number, website, opening hours, etc.
- See all the possible ways to get to a location in the same window
- Supports Samsung Galaxy Gear watches
- The night mode is available
- Switch between 2D and 3D mode
- Talk to Waze by saying, “OK Waze”
- Supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- Offers a map editor
- The night mode is offered
Which one is better where?
The answer to this question is complicated. Here is a list of which service is better where.
- If you travel to remote areas frequently, you should go with HERE WeGo and download maps.
- In the city, both will work fine, but if you want to stay up-to-date with your surroundings, Waze is better.
- For public transport, taxi, ride-share, or walk, HERE WeGo is your choice.
- Love to help the community, Waze is for you.
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Madhsudhan Khemchandani has a bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering (Honours). He has been writing articles on apps and software for over five years. He has also made over 200 videos on his YouTube channel. Read more about him on the about page.