Landmarks by Type (obsolete)
Waze landmarks serve to orient drivers and to establish app-searchable points-of-interest (POI) for situations where the primary POI search engines may not find the desired location. Despite these helpful attributes, landmarks are easily overused, leading to map clutter and POI redundancy. Waze offers a plethora of landmark types, but most of these do not really help drivers and are typically avoided.
In general, if a location is not extensive or significant enough to orient drivers, and is already searchable using the primary POI search engines, it should not be landmarked in Waze. Three common exceptions are gas stations, which receive special handling; government or transit-oriented destinations for the general public, such as parks and airports; and school or university campuses, whether public or private.
The Waze editing community in the US has not reached firm consensus regarding the landmarking of private or commercial property. On the one hand, Waze's business model includes on-map advertising, and free landmarking of their competitors may discourage advertisers. On the other hand, large private country clubs, golf courses and retreat centers with extensive, highly-visible grounds may help orient drivers. Regardless, the twin criteria of either orienting drivers or not otherwise findable with a primary POI search engine apply to landmarking private as well as public locations.
Below is the list of Landmark Types provided by WME. This list is to facilitate a discussion in the forums about what Landmarks should and should not be included in the map The discussion is located at https://www.waze.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=276&t=26005 Eventually we hope for this to become the guide for which landmarks get mapped & how they get mapped.
- 1 Minimum landmark size
- 2 Transportation
- 3 Leisure
- 3.1 Park
- 3.2 Museum / Visitor Center / Monument
- 3.3 Mall/Shopping Center
- 3.4 Convenience Store / Kiosk
- 3.5 Restaurant / Bar / Coffee Shop
- 3.6 Stadium / Sports Facility
- 3.7 Hotel / Motel / Guest Room
- 3.8 Club/Concert Hall
- 3.9 Beach
- 3.10 Camp site / RV Park
- 3.11 Casino
- 3.12 Marina
- 3.13 Promenade / Boardwalk
- 3.14 Store/stall
- 4 Nature
- 5 Public
- 6 Public Service
- 7 Other
Minimum landmark size
When creating a landmark, it is important to understand the client application will not display the landmark unless it is greater than 50 m (160 feet) when measuring the maximum size of the X or Y dimension.
If one dimension is over 50 m (160 feet), there is no requirement for the other dimension. Also the area of the landmark has no impact on whether it will display on the client app.
Bus Station / Bus Terminal
The parking lot landmark is currently being discussed in detail in this forum. Everyone is welcome to participate in the discussion.