Waze Charts ‘Year in Rear View’ With Your Personal Data

Your car knows so much about you. It’s a good thing it doesn’t tell tales. But if you use Waze while you drive, well, some of your secrets have just been spilled.

Make your way over to Waze’s first Year in Rear View and you may find out who’s been naughty and who’s been nice on the roads this past year. The company looked at its own data and surveyed drivers to find out what goes on inside their vehicles. It turns out that the nicest drivers are those in Britain, who try to avoid honking, with 60% saying they would wait quietly if a car in front of them wasn’t moving. But don’t mistake nicest for friendliest, since Brits also said they’d rather switch jobs than have one that would force them to carpool.

When Waze asked who people would like to have sitting next to them when they drove, the top two passengers named were Elon Musk and Jennifer Lopez. (We’d choose the latter.)

Even those who don’t want anyone next to them while they ride probably have their radios on for companionship. The most-played (and thus probably most-sung-along-to track) in 2021 was “Stay” by The Kid Laroi with Justin Bieber. Waze has Spotify integration, so it was easy for it to come by the info that Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, and Lil Nas X topped driving soundtracks. Since Spotify has podcasts, too, we know that NPR Information Now, Times Information Briefing, and AFP’s Sur le fil were paid attention to the most, internationally.

The news headlines that drivers were hearing on those podcasts might possibly not have been the cheeriest, but overall, Waze drivers reported being pretty content in their vehicles. 60 % said these were happy when driving, and the ones in Brazil and Mexico reported being the happiest. They are able to let everybody else know, too, because the company lately introduced emoji-like symbols called Moods. The most-chosen ones were “Crazy” and “Eco-Friendly.”

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