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===Car Parks===
===Car Parks===

Revision as of 07:14, 22 January 2013


This forms part of India Editing Best Practice. Editors are encouraged to follow these guidelines.

Only actual "Landmarks" should be mapped, i.e. those which help the driver to find their bearings.

For the purposes of searching for addresses or businesses, Waze gets its results from other providers (Bing, Google, foursquare), so it's not necessary to add them to the map as well.

Generally, landmarks should be drawn as simply as possible. Most structures can be represented by a basic rectangle. Do not attempt to accurately match the shape of a building or parking lot, as much of the detail will be lost on the client.

Landmarks related to roads and navigation

This class of landmarks is used to either label major junctions or suppress traffic reports where Wazers may be stopped/parked/waiting:


Major junctions, particularly on Highways, should be labelled with a landmark.

Under no circumstances should the road name or city name fields of a segment be used for naming of a junction.

The landmark should be kept tight to the road system to ensure a tidy transfer to the client. The "snap-to" feature, when adding landmarks via Waze Map Editor, makes this process easier!


India Interchange.jpg

Complex shaped junction:

India Complex Shaped Junction.jpg

Roundabout Based Junctions

To aid navigation instructions, roundabout segments should typically remain unnamed. If the roundabout does have a proper, signposted name, then this can be labelled using a landmark of "Junction/Intersection" type that fills the centre of the roundabout. This only applies to big roundabouts that are larger than 30 metres.

The landmark should be kept tight to the roundabout to ensure a tidy transfer to the client. The "snap-to" feature, when adding landmarks via Waze Map Editor, makes this process easier!

India Roundabout Shaped Junction.jpg

Large, freehand shapes should be avoided...

India Large Freehand Shapes.jpg

Car Parks

Use the "Parking lot" landmark type. Include the main route through the car park using a Parking lot road type. Do NOT draw every single row within the car park.

Parking lot roads should not be named, as it looks better to have a label on the landmark. Public Car parks, i.e. operated by the City Muncipal Corporation, should be labelled with [P]. Customer car parks for business should not be labelled this way, but may be drawn in. Names of the car parks do not need to be added. Park and Ride can be labelled with [P+R] (same for bus, railway and metro).

Petrol Stations

Petrol Stations should be mapped according to the following guidelines:

  • A Landmark of "Gas Station" type should be placed over the entire forecourt, so it's visible on the map and prevents any Wazers from creating a false traffic report.
  • Routes in and out should be mapped with roads of "Parking Lot Road" type, they should not be named (city name is optional) and they should have appropriate directions and turn restrictions.
  • The landmark should be named as per the Brand of Fuel available.
  • The address should be added if known.
  • The phone number should be added if known.

Service Areas

  • Car Parks should be mapped according to the wiki entry for Parking Areas.
  • Petrol Station forecourts should be mapped according to the wiki entry for Petrol Stations.
  • Use the Road type "Private Road" for limited access roads (with no public right of way). Ensure that they are set to "Unknown" connectivity, and that turn restrictions are set so that no-one can turn into the road and the segment(s) and connecting segment(s) are locked to enforce the turn restrictions.
  • Do not add a City or Street name to any service, road with the exception of the ramps.
  • Add landmarks for the major buildings on site (i.e. Services Buildings etc).

Note: To ensure that the turn restrictions are set on the limited access roads, select each junction node in turn and hit Q then W (if desired for other connectivity) to ensure that turns are only allowed on valid directions, then once you lock the segment(s) Waze should enforce the turn restrictions and not route the public down these roads.

For more information on how junction locking works in Waze see the forum thread: Modifying the lock option (and some explanations)

Miscellaneous landmarks

These can be used to make the map look pleasing to the eye but serve no purpose for search or navigation.


Woodland and forest areas should be mapped using the landmark type "Forest/Grove"

Water Features

  • Not to be mapped as Waze has/is in the process of deploying Dedicated Water Tiles, to display Water Bodies on the Waze Client.


  • Railway lines should be drawn in as "Railroad" type roads, especially if there are other streets nearby. They do not appear in the client, but they potentially keep Wazers on trains from polluting the local speed data.
  • Railroad Segments should be named "Railway" with no city.
  • Railroad Segments should not be connected to the road network at any point.
  • Railway Stations should just be labelled 'Railway Station' as search results will be available from external search providers.


There is no requirement to map every business in Waze as search results will be available from external search providers for navigation to retail/commercial sites.

Where supermarkets, restaurants, retail parks, shopping centres are of sufficient size (see below) to warrant mapping in Waze it should be the parking areas that are mapped and named appropriately for Wazers to drive to these locations.

When mapping these areas, the guidelines for Car Parks should be followed .

Public Service

Schools, Parks, Council Buildings, Hospitals, Tourist attractions and Churches etc can optionally be added to the map as a landmark of the appropriate type where they are of sufficient size to appear in the client (see below).

Landmarks types that should NOT be added to the Map

Landmarks smaller than about 1600m² (40m x 40m) won't appear on the client, so there's no point adding them to the map. (A standard build McDonald's with Drive-thru is approximately 1000m²)

It is not necessary to add individual businesses, as they are likely to change over time. Waze search results will be available from external providers and this negates the need to maintain landmarks within the editor.