Waze PH rolls out new feature that finds best routes based on RFID badges

Waze has announced RFID (radio-frequency identification) updates on its app for users in the Philippines, particularly in Luzon. The on- and off-road community of motorists aims to provide better routes based on the corresponding or applicable RFID stickers installed in their vehicles.

The new Waze feature allows drivers with RFID sticker/s to add their local pass (AutoSweep, EasyTrip, both) on the app. Upon doing so, Waze will start guiding them to routes using toll roads that they can access based on their registered passes.

To enjoy this new feature, a Waze app user must first add Toll and HOV passes settings through these easy steps:

  1. Tap Search, then Settings.
  2. Tap Toll & HOV passes.
  3. Add which local passes you have (AutoSweep or EasyTrip).

An RFID notification badge will pop up on the Waze app ahead of a trip to encourage users to update their pass settings and add in their RFID badges if they already have one. If the driver opted out, Waze app will direct them to routes that will not go through tollways.

This latest update is made possible with the help of dedicated and passionate volunteer Waze Community Map Editors who always ensure that the map is correct and updated accordingly to reflect changes on the roads.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has recently required toll road operators to implement cashless and contactless payment schemes in all roll roads. This is part of the government’s efforts to continue the battle against the spread of the Covid-19 virus.