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Boston Commuters Call ‘Waze’ App A Lifesaver

BOSTON (CBS) — Pick any major road into Boston at 8 a.m. and it’s going to be a mess.

Stressful yes, but for Tyler Holt, it also has a direct impact on his business.

He says the traffic is a lot of pressure for his business, HappySpeedy.com, a brand new Boston-based delivery service.

That’s why Holt uses his secret weapon loaded onto his phone called “Waze.”

The free app relies on users, or Wazers, to post what they are seeing first-hand on the road, in real-time.

Wazers post warnings like, “traffic is at a complete standstill in Needham,” or “there is a police officer on the side of the road in Walpole,” or “a pothole in the road in Franklin.”

But you don’t need to post anything at all to contribute to the community.

As soon as you turn on the app, it tracks your location and speed and tells you if you’re headed for trouble.

If traffic is forecast, Waze will suggest other routes.

Holt says it’s a lifesaver.Waze has a voice activation feature so Wazers can keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.You can also link to Facebook so you know where your friends are. The app can also save you money.While most navigation apps will help you find gas, Wazers will let you know which nearby stations have the best prices.

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