Landmarks by Type (US)

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Information related to Landmarks changeover to Places:

This page is currently undergoing modifications. The information and guidance here is currently to be used for reference. The new Places article should primarily be utilized when mapping landmarks, not this page.

Waze landmarks serve to orient drivers and to establish app-searchable points-of-interest (POI) for situations where the primary POI search engines may not find the desired location. Despite these helpful attributes, landmarks are easily overused. Unnecessary landmarks clutter maps and stymie drivers with redundant, incomplete, and sometimes contradictory POI results. Waze offers a plethora of landmark types as a byproduct of the original base-map import, but most of these hinder rather than help Waze users and are best avoided.

In general, if a location is not distinctive and significant enough to orient drivers, and is already searchable using the primary POI search engines, it should not be landmarked in Waze. Three common exceptions are gas stations, which receive special handling; government or transit-oriented destinations for the general public, such as parks and airports; and school or university campuses, whether public or private.

The Waze editing community in the US has agreed that, aside from gas stations, ordinary businesses are never to be landmarked. However consensus is less firm regarding landmarking of large private country clubs, golf courses and retreat centers with extensive, groomed and conspicuous open space. Such facilities, though private, may be sufficiently distinctive and significant in a given area that to leave them unmapped would be a disservice to Waze users. Regardless, the criteria of either orienting drivers or not otherwise findable with a primary POI search engine apply to landmarking private as well as public locations.

Below is the list of Landmark Types provided by WME. This list is to facilitate a discussion in the forums about what Landmarks should and should not be included in the map The discussion is located at http://www.waze.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=276&t=26005 Eventually we hope for this to become the guide for which landmarks get mapped & how they get mapped.

Minimum landmark size

The width of either X or Y must be over 50 m (160 feet)

When creating a landmark, it is important to understand the client application will not display the landmark unless it is greater than 50 m (160 feet) when measuring the maximum size of the X or Y dimension.

If one dimension is over 50 m (160 feet), there is no requirement for the other dimension. Also the area of the landmark has no impact on whether it will display on the client app.

Transportation

Gas Station

Toll booth

Terminal

Airport

Train station

Bus Station / Bus Terminal

Sea Port

Parking Lot

The US guidance on the Parking Lot landmark has been rewritten as global guidance on the Parking Lot Area Place. The new guidance incorporates all critical elements of the original text and adds much necessary detail. To prevent confusion the original text has been removed from this page.

Junction/Interchange

Bridge

Tunnel

Subway station

Ferry lane

See the article on Ferries for information on how to add a ferry route.

Car Rental

Garage

Leisure

Park

Museum / Visitor Center / Monument

Mall/Shopping Center

Convenience Store / Kiosk

Restaurant / Bar / Coffee Shop

Stadium / Sports Facility

Hotel / Motel / Guest Room

Club/Concert Hall

Beach

Camp site / RV Park

Casino

Marina

Promenade / Boardwalk

Store/stall

Nature

Island

Sea/Lake/Levee

River/Stream

Forest/Grove

Farmland

Gravel

Danger Zone

Public

Religious Site

Bank

Office Building

Industry

Public Building

Tourist Site / Attraction

ATM

Pharmacy

Supermarket/Market

Public Service

Hospital/Clinic

Correction Facility / Prison

Military Site

Government / Municipal Building

Police Station

University / College / Academy

School / Kindergarten / Junior High / High School

Cemetery

Fire Department/Emergency Service

Post Office

Other

Other