LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A mobile navigation app is firing back Friday, a day after claims surfaced that users were falsely reporting congestion.
The Waze app connects drivers to one another, alerting other motorist of real-time police activity, accidents and heavy traffic.READ MORE: Strike Averted: IATSE And AMPTP Have 'Basic Contract' Agreement, Per Officials With The Theatrical Stage Employees Union
“I feel that it really provides traffic in real-time because you have other people on the road instantly telling you what’s going on,” Kiki Bassoul said.
But not everyone may feel similarly.READ MORE: Taylor's Blunder, Other Missed Chances Put LA In NLCS Hole
On Thursday, the entertainment website TMZ.com reported that homeowners upset with the app’s re-routes banded together to report traffic on their streets and keep drivers away.
“Anything that makes our commute easier is a good thing but if you happen to be on one of those shortcut streets that Waze has just put you onto, the residents have a way of fighting back,” said Kenny Morse of Mr.Traffic.com.
But Julia Mossler, a spokeswoman for the app, said in a statement: “Fake, coordinated traffic reports can’t come to fruition because they’ll be negated by the next 50 people that drive down the street passively using Waze.”MORE NEWS: Karen Bass Officially Kicks Off Her Run For Mayor Of Los Angeles At Saturday Event
The app further says a sophisticated system of checks and balances is in place to ensure that false reporting doesn’t occur.