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Why Waze is so incredibly popular in Costa Rica » The Washington Post
Matt McFarland:
“It’s a nightmare.”

That’s how Eduardo Carvajal describes the Costa Rican way to give an address.

“If I want to give the address of my office I say ‘Okay, go to the ice cream cone shop in Curridabat then drive 100 meters south and 50 meters east,” Carvajal said.

He’s part of the team of volunteers who mapped Costa Rica in Waze, a crowdsourced traffic and navigation app. Carvajal, whose day job is running a software company, has made hundreds of thousands of edits to Waze’s map of Costa Rica.

Fellow volunteer Felipe Hidalgo spent 50 hours a week for almost two years helping to map the country. Hidalgo has made 378,000 edits to maps in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Cameroon, St. Helena Island, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago. He described the work as addicting. Since the mapping of Costa Rica was completed, he scaled back to 10-15 hours a week.


Pity that it wasn't OpenStreetMap; then everyone could have benefited, including Waze. But as the article shows, Waze "addresses" have become part of the culture there - so much so that the government partnered with it on road closures.
waze  maps  costarica 
april 2015 by charlesarthur

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