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''This page covers road names for the country listed in the page title. For other countries see [[How_to_label_and_name_roads|this page]].''
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''This page covers road names for the country listed in the page title. For other countries see [[Road types and names|this page]].''
 
[[File:Waze Australia Logo.png|right]]
 
[[File:Waze Australia Logo.png|right]]
 
==Introduction==
 
==Introduction==
 
''This forms part of [[Australia| Australian Editing Best Practice]]. Editors are encouraged to follow these guidelines.''
 
''This forms part of [[Australia| Australian Editing Best Practice]]. Editors are encouraged to follow these guidelines.''
  
==Road Name & Number==
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==Road Name and Number==
  
As first country in Waze Australia has a complete set of road shields, which are generated by the system automatically, if a certain pattern in applying the Road Name & Number is observed.  
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As the first country in Waze, Australia has a complete set of automatically generated road shields. They are generated by the system, if a certain pattern in applying the Road Name & Number is observed. Please note that this is a special process: it is only running once a week and has to be implemented in the tile build too. So it may take up to two weeks, before a new edited shield appears in the client.
[[image:rsau.jpg|center]]
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To get a road shield displayed in the client the form of the shield and the number (numeric or alphanumeric) that it should field have to be coded in the '''street name''' in a predefined pattern. Please use the patterns exactly as stated there, otherwise the display in the client will not work properly.
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[[image:rsau.jpg|frame|center|Shields in the Client; Picture showing the test area created during the implementation]]
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To get a road shield displayed in the app, the form of the shield and the number (numeric or alphanumeric) have to be coded in the street name in a predefined pattern. Please use the patterns exactly as stated here, otherwise the display in the app will not work properly.
  
  
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|+Traditional route numbering
 
|+Traditional route numbering
 
|-
 
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! Road Shield Example<br>(Client Screenshot)
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! Road Shield Example<br>(App Screenshot)
 
! Pattern
 
! Pattern
 
! Example streetname in WME
 
! Example streetname in WME
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| National Highway<br>[[Image:Shield_NH.jpg|40px|center]]
 
| National Highway<br>[[Image:Shield_NH.jpg|40px|center]]
| NHx - Name
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| NHx - Name<br>NHxx - Name
NHxx - Name
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| NH1 - Stuart Hwy
 
| NH1 - Stuart Hwy
  
 
|-
 
|-
 
| National Route<br>[[Image:Shield_NR.jpg|40px|center]]
 
| National Route<br>[[Image:Shield_NR.jpg|40px|center]]
| NRx - Name
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| NRx - Name<br>NRxx - Name
NRxx - Name
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| NR1 - Pacific Hwy
 
| NR1 - Pacific Hwy
  
 
|-
 
|-
 
| Alternate National Route<br>[[Image:Shield_ALTNR.jpg|40px|center]]
 
| Alternate National Route<br>[[Image:Shield_ALTNR.jpg|40px|center]]
| ALTNRx - Name
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| ALTNRx - Name<br>ALTNRxx - Name
ALTNRxx - Name
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| ALTNR1 - Dandenong Rd
 
| ALTNR1 - Dandenong Rd
  
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|-
 
|-
 
| Metro Road<br>[[Image:Shield_MR.jpg|40px|center]]
 
| Metro Road<br>[[Image:Shield_MR.jpg|40px|center]]
| MRx - Name
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| MRx - Name<br>MRxx - Name
MRxx - Name
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| MR5 - Centenary Hwy
 
| MR5 - Centenary Hwy
  
 
|-
 
|-
 
| Rural Road/Route<br>[[Image:Shield_RR.jpg|40px|center]]
 
| Rural Road/Route<br>[[Image:Shield_RR.jpg|40px|center]]
| RRx - Name
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| RRx - Name<br>RRxx - Name
RRxx - Name
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| RR99 – Dontknowit Rd
 
| RR99 – Dontknowit Rd
  
 
|-
 
|-
 
| Tourist Road/Route[[Image:Shield_TR.jpg|40px|center]]
 
| Tourist Road/Route[[Image:Shield_TR.jpg|40px|center]]
| TRx - Name
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| TRx - Name<br>TRxx - Name
TRxx - Name
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| TR7 – NoIdea Rte
 
| TR7 – NoIdea Rte
 
|}
 
|}
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|+Alphanumerical route numbering
 
|-
 
|-
! Road Shield Example<br>(Client Screenshot)
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! Road Shield Example<br>(App Screenshot)
 
! Pattern
 
! Pattern
 
! Example streetname in WME
 
! Example streetname in WME
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|-
 
|-
 
| National M<br>[[Image:Shield_NM.jpg|40px|center]]
 
| National M<br>[[Image:Shield_NM.jpg|40px|center]]
| NMx - Name
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| NMx - Name<br>NMxx - Name
NMxx - Name
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| NM39 - Goulburn Valley Fwy
 
| NM39 - Goulburn Valley Fwy
  
 
|-
 
|-
 
| [[Image:Shield_M.jpg|40px|center]]
 
| [[Image:Shield_M.jpg|40px|center]]
| Mx - Name
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| Mx - Name<br>Mxx - Name<br>Mxxx - Name
Mxx - Name<br>Mxxx - Name
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| M3 - Eastern Fwy
 
| M3 - Eastern Fwy
  
 
|-
 
|-
 
| National A<br>[[Image:Shield_NA.jpg|40px|center]]
 
| National A<br>[[Image:Shield_NA.jpg|40px|center]]
| NAx - Name
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| NAx - Name<br>NAxx - Name
NAxx - Name
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| NA8 - Barton Hwy
 
| NA8 - Barton Hwy
  
 
|-
 
|-
 
| [[Image:Shield_A.jpg|40px|center]]
 
| [[Image:Shield_A.jpg|40px|center]]
| SRx - Name<br>SRxx - Name<br>SRxxx - Name
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| Ax - Name<br>Axx - Name<br>Axxx - Name
| SR8 - Anything Hwy
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| A4 - Capricorn Hwy
  
 
|-
 
|-
 
| Alternate A<br>[[Image:Shield_ALTA.jpg|40px|center]]
 
| Alternate A<br>[[Image:Shield_ALTA.jpg|40px|center]]
| ALTAx - Name
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| ALTAx - Name<br>ALTAxx - Name
ALTAxx - Name
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| ALTA2 - Warrego
 
| ALTA2 - Warrego
  
 
|-
 
|-
 
| [[Image:Shield_B.jpg|40px|center]]
 
| [[Image:Shield_B.jpg|40px|center]]
| Bx - Name
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| Bx - Name<br>Bxx - Name<br>Bxxx - Name
Bxx - Name<br>Bxxx - Name
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| B12 - Road Name
 
| B12 - Road Name
  
 
|-
 
|-
 
| [[Image:Shield_C.jpg|40px|center]]
 
| [[Image:Shield_C.jpg|40px|center]]
| Cx - Name
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| Cx - Name<br>Cxx - Name<br>Cxxx - Name
Cxx - Name<br>Cxxx - Name
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| C234 - Example Rd
 
| C234 - Example Rd
 
|}
 
|}
  
==Abbreviations & Acronyms==
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==Abbreviations and acronyms==
  
For place, feature, roadway & traverseable path naming, please see:
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We decided long ago to use abbreviations (Rd instead of Road) and made an extra page for it, because all abbreviations have to be introduced to TTS for proper pronounciation. For place, feature, roadway & traverseable path naming, please see:
  
[[Abbreviations & Acronyms (Australia)]]
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[[Abbreviations and acronyms (Australia)]]
  
==Road types==
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Unfortunately this has not been observed in the past, so we have to do a lot of fixing.
The following convention is the recommended way to label road types in Australia.
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The Australian route numbering system contains a mix of old shielded routes and newer alphanumeric routes, with some overlap. Judgement and discretion may be necessary sometimes, especially as some states have been slow in implementing the new national alphanumberic system. Some road types in Australia officially use a newer official designated type or name, but may use the road sign from a previous or discontinued classification. If it is too difficult or complicated to determine the road type, it is best to label the road type in a way that would be helpful to the driver on that road.
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More information can be found [[Road Type| Here.]]
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==Road types and Lock levels==
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The following convention is the recommended way to label road types in Australia. If it is too difficult or complicated to determine the road type, it is best to label the road type in a way that would be helpful to the driver on that road. More information can be found [[Road types/Australia| here.]]
  
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To protect the high ranking roadgrid from accidental damage especially from unexperiened editors the segments have to be locked at a certain level which you find for each roadtype in the respective section.
  
 
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! Special Note
 
! Special Note
 
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| Unfortunately there is no nation-wide consistent system. So if the need arises, you'll have to encode the proper shield according to the examples provided below, even if it is stated here as a different roadtype (i.e. NR8 is according to official WA governmental documents a freeway, even if its shield would be a Minor Hwy according to QLD or VIC standards). As stated above: use judgement and discration in combining the shields with the proper roadtype.
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| The locking levels stated here are a general guideline and represent the minimum level. Some of these may be locked at a higher level due to their importance (i.e.some Primaries run through city centres and incorrect changes to them can cause all sort of problems).  
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So a higher lock is allways possible and is at the discretion of the editor.
 
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|-
 
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Unfortunately there is no nation-wide consistent system (i.e. NR8 is according to official WA governmental documents a freeway, even if it would be a Minor Hwy by its shield according to QLD or VIC standards). So use judgement and discration in combining the shields with the proper roadtype.
 
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===Freeway===
 
===Freeway===
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! Waze Road Type
 
! Waze Road Type
 
! Description
 
! Description
! Road Shield Examples
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|-
 
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeways_in_Australia Freeway]
 
| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeways_in_Australia Freeway]
 
| Freeway, motorway, expressway and tollway. There must be no intersections and there must be no access or exits except from ramps. Usually designated by a gold-on-green alphanumeric road number designation that begins with the letter "M".In the case of tollways the sign is presented in a gold-on-blue style, but for toll roads are handled in another way we don't cover it with the road shields.
 
| Freeway, motorway, expressway and tollway. There must be no intersections and there must be no access or exits except from ramps. Usually designated by a gold-on-green alphanumeric road number designation that begins with the letter "M".In the case of tollways the sign is presented in a gold-on-blue style, but for toll roads are handled in another way we don't cover it with the road shields.
| [[Image:Australian Alphanumeric State Route M3.PNG|50px]]
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|}
 
|}
 
* Road Type: Freeway  
 
* Road Type: Freeway  
 
* City: activate No-City checkbox
 
* City: activate No-City checkbox
* Name: <Mx>" - "<Name> i.e. „M3 - Eastern Fwy“ will be displayed as<br>[[Image:Australian Alphanumeric State Route M3.PNG|50px]] Eastern Fwy
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* Name: <Mx>" - "<Name> i.e. "M3 - Eastern Fwy"
 
* Lock: lv5
 
* Lock: lv5
  
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! Waze Road Type
 
! Waze Road Type
 
! Description
 
! Description
! Road Shield Examples
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Highway_(Australia) Major Highway]
 
| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Highway_(Australia) Major Highway]
 
| National highways. Usually designated by gold-on-green shields with the word "National" written at the top. May contain alphanumeric numbering with the letter "A" at the start of the number, or may just use a number. Also referred to as primary routes.
 
| National highways. Usually designated by gold-on-green shields with the word "National" written at the top. May contain alphanumeric numbering with the letter "A" at the start of the number, or may just use a number. Also referred to as primary routes.
| [[Image:Australian National Route A8.png|50px]][[Image:Nationalhwy.png|50px]]
 
 
|}
 
|}
 
* Road Type: Major
 
* Road Type: Major
 
* City: activate noCity checkbox
 
* City: activate noCity checkbox
* Name: <Axx>" - "<Name> i.e. „A8 - Barton Hwy“ will be displayed as<br>[[Image:Australian National Route A8.png|50px]] Barton Hwy or<br><NHxx>" - "<Name> i.e. "NH1 - Stuart Hwy" will be displayed as<br>[[Image:Nationalhwy.png|50px]] Stuart Hwy
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* Name: <Axx>" - "<Name> i.e. "A8 - Barton Hwy" or<br><NHxx>" - "<Name> i.e. "NH1 - Stuart Hwy"  
 
* Lock: lv3
 
* Lock: lv3
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===Minor Highway===
 
===Minor Highway===
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! Waze Road Type
 
! Waze Road Type
 
! Description
 
! Description
! Road Shield Examples
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
| [[State Highways in Australia |Minor Highway]]
 
| [[State Highways in Australia |Minor Highway]]
 
| State highways or State Roads. Usually designated by a numbered white-on-blue bullet sign, or by a gold-on-green alphanumeric designation starting with the letter  "B" or "C". Also referred to as secondary and tertiary routes.
 
| State highways or State Roads. Usually designated by a numbered white-on-blue bullet sign, or by a gold-on-green alphanumeric designation starting with the letter  "B" or "C". Also referred to as secondary and tertiary routes.
| [[Image:Australian_State_Route_8-1.png|50px]][[Image:Australian_Alphanumeric_State_Route_B12.png|50px]][[Image:Australian_Alphanumeric_State_Route_C234.PNG|50px]]
 
 
|}
 
|}
 
* Road Type: Minor
 
* Road Type: Minor
 
* City: City Name, see [[Australian_City_Names| Australian City Naming]]
 
* City: City Name, see [[Australian_City_Names| Australian City Naming]]
* Name: <SRxx>" - "<Name> i.e. „SR8 - Graham Farmer Hwy“ will be displayed as<br>[[Image:Australian_State_Route_8-1.png|50px|50px]] Graham Farmer Hwy or<br><Bxx>" - "<Name> i.e. "B12 - Mallee Hwy" will be displayed as<br>[[Image:Australian_Alphanumeric_State_Route_B12.png|50px]] Mallee Hwy  or<br><Cxxx>" - "<Name> i.e. "C234 - Borung Hwy" will be displayed as<br>[[Image:Australian_Alphanumeric_State_Route_C234.PNG|50px]] Borung Hwy
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* Name: <SRxx>" - "<Name> i.e. "SR8 - Graham Farmer Hwy" or<br><Bxx>" - "<Name> i.e. "B12 - Mallee Hwy" or<br><Cxxx>" - "<Name> i.e. "C234 - Borung Hwy"
 
* Lock: lv3
 
* Lock: lv3
  
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  damaging these traffic arteries. But keep in mind that a lock also blocks lower level  
 
  damaging these traffic arteries. But keep in mind that a lock also blocks lower level  
 
  editors from adding streets. So only apply a lock on a segment, if all roads are  
 
  editors from adding streets. So only apply a lock on a segment, if all roads are  
  adjected.[[Image: Handle.png|right|200px]]
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  adjected.[[Image: Handle.png|right|200px|Example of a handle]]
 
If creating a new road in a not yet mapped area, you also may choose to add  
 
If creating a new road in a not yet mapped area, you also may choose to add  
 
just one short segment of an adjecting road (a handle) to create the junction and  
 
just one short segment of an adjecting road (a handle) to create the junction and  
allow a lower level editor to connect the surrounding streets later without beeing  
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allow a lower level editor to connect the surrounding streets later without beeing blocked by the locked highway.</span></blockquote>
blocked by the locked highway.</span></blockquote>
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===Primary Street===
 
===Primary Street===
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! Waze Road Type
 
! Waze Road Type
 
! Description
 
! Description
! Road Shield Examples
 
 
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|-
 
| Primary Street
 
| Primary Street
| Main Roads, Regional Roads, Tourist Drives, Scenic Drives, etc that are not classified as highways. They connect suburbs and towns. May also include roads designated as"D" roads in some states. Also referred to as tertiary routes.
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| Main Roads, Regional Roads, Tourist Drives, Scenic Drives, etc that are not classified as highways. They connect suburbs and towns. May also include roads designated as "D" roads in some states. Also referred to as tertiary routes.
| [[Image:touristdrive.png|50px]]
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|}
 
|}
 
* Road Type: Primary
 
* Road Type: Primary
 
* City: City Name, see [[Australian_City_Names| Australian City Naming]]
 
* City: City Name, see [[Australian_City_Names| Australian City Naming]]
* Name: <TRxxx>" - "<Name> i.e. „TR10 - Princes Hwy“ will be displayed as<br>[[Image:touristdrive.png|50px]] Princes Hwy
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* Name: <TRxxx>" - "<Name> i.e. "TR10 - Princes Hwy"
 
* Lock: lv1
 
* Lock: lv1
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===Street===
 
===Street===
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! Waze Road Type
 
! Waze Road Type
 
! Description
 
! Description
! Road Shield Examples
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
| Street
 
| Street
 
| Urban streets and rural roads not identified above. Use also when in doubt of proper street type.
 
| Urban streets and rural roads not identified above. Use also when in doubt of proper street type.
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* Name: Streetname according to postal adress  
 
* Name: Streetname according to postal adress  
 
* Lock: lv1
 
* Lock: lv1
 
 
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|-
 
! Metroroads
 
! Description
 
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| [[Image:MotorwayShield.png|50px]]
 
| Metroroads are not a street type but a route, following various roadtypes. Currently subject to change into the above mentioned system - therefore we decided against implementing them into the Client. This entry is just for information purposes and to cover any questions arising
 
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==Dual Carriageways==
 
==Dual Carriageways==
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A road can be split into be 2 one-way roads if '''all''' of the following conditions are met:
 
A road can be split into be 2 one-way roads if '''all''' of the following conditions are met:
# The central reservation is > 15m
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# The central reservation is greater than 15m.
# There's a visible gap between the GPS traces
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# There's a visible gap between the GPS traces.
# It is split by physical barrier (Concrete, Armco, pedestrian barrier etc)
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# It is split by physical barrier (e.g. Grass, raised concrete, jersey barrier etc).
  
Pedestrian refuges and painted road separation (cross hatching that can be driven over) should not normally be split.
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Pedestrian refuges and painted road separations (cross hatching that can be driven over) should not normally be split.
  
 
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! Special Note
 
! Special Note
 
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| You have to keep in mind, that Waze actually is not supporting split roads - i.e. all reports to the opposing lane of a split road are in vain, because for the client this are two seperate one-way-streets, it doesn't know any opposing directions. Road splitting has been done way to often in the past, so we "increased" the conditions to be met before splitting a road. But if you have a perfectly working splitted road that does not meet the above stated conditions '''don't''' unsplit it. It's a lot of work with the risk of loosing valuable traffic data and house numbers (if done wrong).  
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Keep in mind that Waze actually works best when roads are not split, because all reports made in the app for the other carriageway on split roads are in vain, because the app currently doesn't support these kinds of reports. Road splitting used to be more common in the past, so we have since increased the conditions to be met before splitting a road.
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If there is a perfectly working split road that does not meet the above stated conditions in the editor, '''don't''' unsplit it. It's a lot of work that can be put into improving other areas of the Waze map, rather than the risk of losing valuable traffic data if editing is not done correctly.  
 
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==Motorway Carriageway Naming Convention==
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==Freeway carriageway naming convention==
Whenever possible, on split roads, name carriageways with the direction of travel.  Insert the direction of travel at the end of the road name:
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<span style="color:red">'''This policy was changed in February 2014'''.</span>
  
Examples:
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Due to changes that have been made to the Waze App in recent times which has helped improve reporting of incidents on freeways (motorways), '''compass directions <u>in addition to the road name</u> are no longer required''' when mapping any road in Waze.
1. M3 - Eastern Fwy (Inbound)
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2. A4 - (W)
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3. M25 - (ACW)
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This makes traffic and incident reports much more useful and helps with navigation.
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This '''does not''' apply to roads which have a compass direction <u>in their actual name</u>.
  
==Exit and Entrance ramps (on/off ramps)==
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If there are existing roads with compass directions on them, please remove them.
[[File:Melbourne Exit Numbers 1.jpg|right|thumb|250px|Exit Signage along M1 - West Gate Fwy (E)]][[File:Melbourne Exit Numbers 2.jpg|right|thumb|250px|Exit signage along M1 - Monash Fwy (SE)]]
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For the best balance between information and screen real estate, the following conventions are used. All ramps will be set as the 'ramp' type in the Waze Map Editor and be locked at the same level as the freeway which joins to them. The name of the road, route number (if applicable) and compass direction (for entrance ramps) should all be added for clear guidance to be given when using the Waze app.
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'''Exit ramps:'''
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All that is required is the route number (if applicable) and the name.
  
* If the exit sign shows a number as well as a street or highway name, the exit ramp should be named "Exit 15: SR16 - Police Rd".
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''Example:'' "M1 - Monash Fwy"
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==On and Off ramps==
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<span style="color:red">'''This policy was changed in February 2014'''.</span>
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[[File:Melbourne Exit Numbers 1.jpg|right|thumb|250px|Exit Signage along M1 - West Gate Fwy]][[File:Melbourne Exit Numbers 2.jpg|right|thumb|250px|Exit signage along M1 - Monash Fwy]]
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For the best balance between information and screen real estate, the following conventions are used. All ramps will be set as the 'ramp' type in the Waze Map Editor and be locked at the same level as the freeway which joins to them (level 5 in most cases). The route number(s) (if applicable) the name of the road and destination(s) should all be added for clear guidance to be given when using the Waze app.
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<span style="color:red"><b>PLEASE NOTE:</b>
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<span style="color:red">Naming is only to be used for freeway style on and off ramps. Please '''do not''' add names to forks, splits or slip lanes on other types of roads, as this is unnecessary for directions to work.</span>
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===Off ramps to non-freeway style roads and freeway to freeway ramps===
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* If the ramp exit sign shows a number as well as a street or highway name, it should be named "Exit 15: SR16 - Police Rd".
 
** A colon has been added because it adds a pause, which makes the Text-to-Speech directions easier to understand.
 
** A colon has been added because it adds a pause, which makes the Text-to-Speech directions easier to understand.
* If the exit is not numbered, "Exit to: C722 - Donnybrook Rd" will do.
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* If the ramp exit is not numbered, "Exit to C722 - Donnybrook Rd" will do. The colon is not necessary when there is no exit number.
* If a single exit serves multiple roads, use a slash with leading and trailing spaces: "Exit 32: Terminator Blvd / Total Recall Rd".
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* If a single ramp serves multiple roads, use a slash with leading and trailing spaces: "Exits 15 / 16: SR16 - Police Rd / M3 - EastLink".
* If an exit number contains one or more letters, include it exactly as displayed on the sign: "Exit W2: NRALT1 - Kings Way".
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"Exit to SR56 - Valley Way / Princeton Rd".
* Include everything that is present on the last sign prior to the exit. Do not combine all possible pre-ramp signage into the single ramp segment name.
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* If an ramp exit number contains one or more letters, include it exactly as displayed on the sign: "Exit W2: ALTNR1 - Kings Way".
* If the exit off the main interstate or highway serves multiple exits further down the road, it may be advisable not to name the first exit ramp, to name only the ramps which are the first one to a distinct destination. The Waze client will give all the proper exit and keep left or right instructions to guide the driver to the correct exit, even if the first one is not named. That said, this should only be done if the signage for the first ramp is the same as that on the subsequent, named ramp.
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'''Entrance ramps:'''
 
  
For entrance ramps, use this format. For example:
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====Off ramps that '''don't have''' a fork along them====
* "Entry to: M1 - Monash Fwy (NW)"
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If there is no fork along the off ramp, then place the destination(s) on the off ramp itself.
* "Entry to: M39 - Goulburn Valley Fwy (N)"
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''Example:'' "Exit to C422 - Koo Wee Rup Rd to Pakenham / Koo Wee Rup"
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====Off ramps that '''do have''' a fork along them====
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For these ramps, some minor additions need to be made to the segment positioning to enable correct TTS (text to speech) instructions from the app.
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*Small 90 degree angles are to made to the 2 fork segments which come out of the fork node ''(refer to Detail #1 on image below)''.
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*The ramps which join the non-freeway style road need to have straight 0 degree joins at the end ''(refer to Detail #2 on image below)''. That is, the very end of the ramp needs to overlap the non-freeway style road for a few metres - achieved by dragging a geometry node from the ramp directly over the road it is joining.
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The following naming conventions are to be used:
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=====For the segment '''before the fork''':=====
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"Exit to M1 - Monash Fwy".
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=====For the segments '''after the fork''':=====
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"M1 - Monash Fwy to Warragul". (e.g. for one fork)
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"M1 - Monash Fwy to City". (e.g. for the other fork)
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===On ramps from non-freeway style roads===
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For on ramps, use this format.  For example:
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* "Entry to M1 - Monash Fwy to Chadstone / City"
 
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===Unique scenarios===
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If you encounter a uniquely designed interchange or ramp system, and not sure of the best way to name the ramps, then ask for help from other friendly Australian Waze users over on the Australian Waze Forum: [https://www.waze.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=56]
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===Naming===
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Due to the variety of different styles of naming and destination mentioning which is on signs across the country, and due to differences in the way the text to speech in the Waze App works as well as the limited space for ramp names to display until they are cut off, slashes, the word 'and' and the word 'to' may all be substituted for each other at the editors discretion to obtain the best naming result for a particular ramp.
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Suburb and road names should not be shortened unless it's part of a standard Waze text to speech abbreviation. Otherwise, road names and destinations will sound incorrect when they are read out aloud.
  
 
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* Street: Tick "None"
  
- where the client comes across a segment with no name it will use the next named segment as the next named instruction whilst retaining any turn signals.
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- where the app comes across a segment with no name it will use the next named segment as the next named instruction whilst retaining any turn signals.
  
 
If the roundabout does have a proper, signposted name, then this can be labelled using a 'Junction/Intersection' type landmark that fills the centre of the roundabout.
 
If the roundabout does have a proper, signposted name, then this can be labelled using a 'Junction/Intersection' type landmark that fills the centre of the roundabout.

Latest revision as of 02:24, 17 March 2014

This page covers road names for the country listed in the page title. For other countries see this page.

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Introduction

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

Road Name and Number

As the first country in Waze, Australia has a complete set of automatically generated road shields. They are generated by the system, if a certain pattern in applying the Road Name & Number is observed. Please note that this is a special process: it is only running once a week and has to be implemented in the tile build too. So it may take up to two weeks, before a new edited shield appears in the client.

Shields in the Client; Picture showing the test area created during the implementation

To get a road shield displayed in the app, the form of the shield and the number (numeric or alphanumeric) have to be coded in the street name in a predefined pattern. Please use the patterns exactly as stated here, otherwise the display in the app will not work properly.


Traditional route numbering
Road Shield Example
(App Screenshot)
Pattern Example streetname in WME
National Highway
Shield NH.jpg
NHx - Name
NHxx - Name
NH1 - Stuart Hwy
National Route
Shield NR.jpg
NRx - Name
NRxx - Name
NR1 - Pacific Hwy
Alternate National Route
Shield ALTNR.jpg
ALTNRx - Name
ALTNRxx - Name
ALTNR1 - Dandenong Rd
State Route
Shield SR.jpg
SRx - Name
SRxx - Name
SRxxx - Name
SR8 - Anything Hwy
Metro Road
Shield MR.jpg
MRx - Name
MRxx - Name
MR5 - Centenary Hwy
Rural Road/Route
Shield RR.jpg
RRx - Name
RRxx - Name
RR99 – Dontknowit Rd
Tourist Road/Route
Shield TR.jpg
TRx - Name
TRxx - Name
TR7 – NoIdea Rte
Alphanumerical route numbering
Road Shield Example
(App Screenshot)
Pattern Example streetname in WME
National M
Shield NM.jpg
NMx - Name
NMxx - Name
NM39 - Goulburn Valley Fwy
Shield M.jpg
Mx - Name
Mxx - Name
Mxxx - Name
M3 - Eastern Fwy
National A
Shield NA.jpg
NAx - Name
NAxx - Name
NA8 - Barton Hwy
Shield A.jpg
Ax - Name
Axx - Name
Axxx - Name
A4 - Capricorn Hwy
Alternate A
Shield ALTA.jpg
ALTAx - Name
ALTAxx - Name
ALTA2 - Warrego
Shield B.jpg
Bx - Name
Bxx - Name
Bxxx - Name
B12 - Road Name
Shield C.jpg
Cx - Name
Cxx - Name
Cxxx - Name
C234 - Example Rd

Abbreviations and acronyms

We decided long ago to use abbreviations (Rd instead of Road) and made an extra page for it, because all abbreviations have to be introduced to TTS for proper pronounciation. For place, feature, roadway & traverseable path naming, please see:

Abbreviations and acronyms (Australia)

Unfortunately this has not been observed in the past, so we have to do a lot of fixing.

Road types and Lock levels

The following convention is the recommended way to label road types in Australia. If it is too difficult or complicated to determine the road type, it is best to label the road type in a way that would be helpful to the driver on that road. More information can be found here.

To protect the high ranking roadgrid from accidental damage especially from unexperiened editors the segments have to be locked at a certain level which you find for each roadtype in the respective section.

Special Note
The locking levels stated here are a general guideline and represent the minimum level. Some of these may be locked at a higher level due to their importance (i.e.some Primaries run through city centres and incorrect changes to them can cause all sort of problems).

So a higher lock is allways possible and is at the discretion of the editor.


Unfortunately there is no nation-wide consistent system (i.e. NR8 is according to official WA governmental documents a freeway, even if it would be a Minor Hwy by its shield according to QLD or VIC standards). So use judgement and discration in combining the shields with the proper roadtype.

Freeway

Waze Road Type Description
Freeway Freeway, motorway, expressway and tollway. There must be no intersections and there must be no access or exits except from ramps. Usually designated by a gold-on-green alphanumeric road number designation that begins with the letter "M".In the case of tollways the sign is presented in a gold-on-blue style, but for toll roads are handled in another way we don't cover it with the road shields.
  • Road Type: Freeway
  • City: activate No-City checkbox
  • Name: <Mx>" - "<Name> i.e. "M3 - Eastern Fwy"
  • Lock: lv5


Major Highway

Waze Road Type Description
Major Highway National highways. Usually designated by gold-on-green shields with the word "National" written at the top. May contain alphanumeric numbering with the letter "A" at the start of the number, or may just use a number. Also referred to as primary routes.
  • Road Type: Major
  • City: activate noCity checkbox
  • Name: <Axx>" - "<Name> i.e. "A8 - Barton Hwy" or
    <NHxx>" - "<Name> i.e. "NH1 - Stuart Hwy"
  • Lock: lv3


Minor Highway

Waze Road Type Description
Minor Highway State highways or State Roads. Usually designated by a numbered white-on-blue bullet sign, or by a gold-on-green alphanumeric designation starting with the letter "B" or "C". Also referred to as secondary and tertiary routes.
  • Road Type: Minor
  • City: City Name, see Australian City Naming
  • Name: <SRxx>" - "<Name> i.e. "SR8 - Graham Farmer Hwy" or
    <Bxx>" - "<Name> i.e. "B12 - Mallee Hwy" or
    <Cxxx>" - "<Name> i.e. "C234 - Borung Hwy"
  • Lock: lv3


A special note on locking:

The above mentioned roadtypes are vital for routing calculation in Waze, therefore they need to be locked to prevent especially new editors from unintentionally damaging these traffic arteries. But keep in mind that a lock also blocks lower level editors from adding streets. So only apply a lock on a segment, if all roads are

adjected.
Example of a handle

If creating a new road in a not yet mapped area, you also may choose to add just one short segment of an adjecting road (a handle) to create the junction and

allow a lower level editor to connect the surrounding streets later without beeing blocked by the locked highway.

Primary Street

Waze Road Type Description
Primary Street Main Roads, Regional Roads, Tourist Drives, Scenic Drives, etc that are not classified as highways. They connect suburbs and towns. May also include roads designated as "D" roads in some states. Also referred to as tertiary routes.
  • Road Type: Primary
  • City: City Name, see Australian City Naming
  • Name: <TRxxx>" - "<Name> i.e. "TR10 - Princes Hwy"
  • Lock: lv1


Street

Waze Road Type Description
Street Urban streets and rural roads not identified above. Use also when in doubt of proper street type.
  • Road Type: Street
  • City: City Name, see Australian City Naming
  • Name: Streetname according to postal adress
  • Lock: lv1

Dual Carriageways

The following convention should be followed where possible, although it is acknowledged that you may need to deviate from it in some circumstances.

A road can be split into be 2 one-way roads if all of the following conditions are met:

  1. The central reservation is greater than 15m.
  2. There's a visible gap between the GPS traces.
  3. It is split by physical barrier (e.g. Grass, raised concrete, jersey barrier etc).

Pedestrian refuges and painted road separations (cross hatching that can be driven over) should not normally be split.

Special Note

Keep in mind that Waze actually works best when roads are not split, because all reports made in the app for the other carriageway on split roads are in vain, because the app currently doesn't support these kinds of reports. Road splitting used to be more common in the past, so we have since increased the conditions to be met before splitting a road.

If there is a perfectly working split road that does not meet the above stated conditions in the editor, don't unsplit it. It's a lot of work that can be put into improving other areas of the Waze map, rather than the risk of losing valuable traffic data if editing is not done correctly.

Freeway carriageway naming convention

This policy was changed in February 2014.

Due to changes that have been made to the Waze App in recent times which has helped improve reporting of incidents on freeways (motorways), compass directions in addition to the road name are no longer required when mapping any road in Waze.

This does not apply to roads which have a compass direction in their actual name.

If there are existing roads with compass directions on them, please remove them.

All that is required is the route number (if applicable) and the name.

Example: "M1 - Monash Fwy"

On and Off ramps

This policy was changed in February 2014.

Exit Signage along M1 - West Gate Fwy
Exit signage along M1 - Monash Fwy

For the best balance between information and screen real estate, the following conventions are used. All ramps will be set as the 'ramp' type in the Waze Map Editor and be locked at the same level as the freeway which joins to them (level 5 in most cases). The route number(s) (if applicable) the name of the road and destination(s) should all be added for clear guidance to be given when using the Waze app.

PLEASE NOTE:

Naming is only to be used for freeway style on and off ramps. Please do not add names to forks, splits or slip lanes on other types of roads, as this is unnecessary for directions to work.

Off ramps to non-freeway style roads and freeway to freeway ramps

  • If the ramp exit sign shows a number as well as a street or highway name, it should be named "Exit 15: SR16 - Police Rd".
    • A colon has been added because it adds a pause, which makes the Text-to-Speech directions easier to understand.
  • If the ramp exit is not numbered, "Exit to C722 - Donnybrook Rd" will do. The colon is not necessary when there is no exit number.
  • If a single ramp serves multiple roads, use a slash with leading and trailing spaces: "Exits 15 / 16: SR16 - Police Rd / M3 - EastLink".

"Exit to SR56 - Valley Way / Princeton Rd".

  • If an ramp exit number contains one or more letters, include it exactly as displayed on the sign: "Exit W2: ALTNR1 - Kings Way".


Off ramps that don't have a fork along them

If there is no fork along the off ramp, then place the destination(s) on the off ramp itself. Example: "Exit to C422 - Koo Wee Rup Rd to Pakenham / Koo Wee Rup"

Off ramps that do have a fork along them

For these ramps, some minor additions need to be made to the segment positioning to enable correct TTS (text to speech) instructions from the app.

  • Small 90 degree angles are to made to the 2 fork segments which come out of the fork node (refer to Detail #1 on image below).
  • The ramps which join the non-freeway style road need to have straight 0 degree joins at the end (refer to Detail #2 on image below). That is, the very end of the ramp needs to overlap the non-freeway style road for a few metres - achieved by dragging a geometry node from the ramp directly over the road it is joining.

The following naming conventions are to be used:

For the segment before the fork:

"Exit to M1 - Monash Fwy".

For the segments after the fork:

"M1 - Monash Fwy to Warragul". (e.g. for one fork)

"M1 - Monash Fwy to City". (e.g. for the other fork)

Australian Interchange.jpg

On ramps from non-freeway style roads

For on ramps, use this format. For example:

  • "Entry to M1 - Monash Fwy to Chadstone / City"

Unique scenarios

If you encounter a uniquely designed interchange or ramp system, and not sure of the best way to name the ramps, then ask for help from other friendly Australian Waze users over on the Australian Waze Forum: [1]

Naming

Due to the variety of different styles of naming and destination mentioning which is on signs across the country, and due to differences in the way the text to speech in the Waze App works as well as the limited space for ramp names to display until they are cut off, slashes, the word 'and' and the word 'to' may all be substituted for each other at the editors discretion to obtain the best naming result for a particular ramp.

Suburb and road names should not be shortened unless it's part of a standard Waze text to speech abbreviation. Otherwise, road names and destinations will sound incorrect when they are read out aloud.

Roundabouts

To aid navigation instructions, roundabouts should typically remain without a street name

  • City: enter either suburb/city
  • Street: Tick "None"

- where the app comes across a segment with no name it will use the next named segment as the next named instruction whilst retaining any turn signals.

If the roundabout does have a proper, signposted name, then this can be labelled using a 'Junction/Intersection' type landmark that fills the centre of the roundabout.

Freeway Service Centres

Freeway Service Centres should be mapped according to the following convention:

  • Use "Parking Lot Road" for all roads inside the Freeway Service Centres.
    This is necessary to avoid the creation of traffic reports.
  • You may use "Private Road" for limited access roads (with no public right of way). Ensure that they are set to unknown connectivity, turn restrictions are set so that no-one can turn into the road and the segment(s) and connecting segments are locked to enforce the turn restrictions.
  • Do not add a City or Street name to any road with the exception of the ramps.
  • Set landmarks for the major buildings on site (i.e. Services Building, Fuel and Hotels etc).