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Welcome to the Waze Wiki FAQ. This FAQ is user-maintained and designed to supplement the official and technical FAQs:.
How about OpenStreetMap?
Q: OpenStreeMap has extensive map data, licensed under the Creative Commons license. Why doesn't Waze use this data? Isn't it a waste of effort to rebuild all map data from scratch?
A: The business model that Waze plans to use involves keeping Waze free by selling map and traffic data. The CC license used by OSM does not allow this. Waze is currently looking at a collaboration solution. In the meantime, US TIGER data has been imported.