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Map tiles are part of the core of the Waze Map.
Theory of operation
|Describe why they exist and how they work (at a basic level).|
When certain items in the map are edited, they cause the Waze system to incorporate the changes from the offline editor database into the live map database during an update cycle. That process will only include changes from map tiles that trigger the tile for an update. Not everything that gets edited will trigger an update.
Note that because some things do not trigger updates on their own, the system will also cycle through a percentage of the tiles each map update cycle and eventually update all the tiles. The process generally takes 10+ days.
The following edits are known to trigger a map update for anything else changes in the same map tile.
- Junction Arrows (standard and scheduled restrictions)
- Segment restrictions (scheduled)
- Road elevation
- Road locks
- Changes to Street/Alternate/City/State name
- Adding toll indicator
- Geometry changes to a segment
- Adding a new road through WME
- Adding a new road by paving in the client after the back end system processes the drive (a few days).
No update triggered
The following edits will not trigger a map update. Therefore to get any of these changes to be seen in the live map, one of the previously mentioned edits must take place in that map tile.