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Should Waze be made liable for neighborhood traffic woes?




Product Specialist for Waze Mark Campos speaks on stage at LocationWorld 2016 Day 2 at The Conrad on November 3, 2016 in New York City.
Product Specialist for Waze Mark Campos speaks on stage at LocationWorld 2016 Day 2 at The Conrad on November 3, 2016 in New York City.
Brian Ach/Getty Images for LocationWorld 2

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Waze and Echo Park’s Baxter Street have lately been synonymous in national headlines.

Known as one of the steepest streets in L.A. Baxter slopes at a 32 percent grade, and the navigation app, Waze, has been pegged as the culprit for its congestion.

Earlier this week, L.A. Councilmember Paul Krekorian announced plans for the city’s transportation department to investigate Waze, Google and Apple’s liability in causing dangerous traffic conditions in certain neighborhoods. Among the recommendations is to examine L.A.’s partnership with Waze and other apps, and whether those navigation apps could be held liable for collisions caused by their users.

Krekorian’s motion has raised questions about tech and distracted driving, especially in a city known for its traffic. But how could L.A. city actually hold Waze accountable? And what types of regulations could be put in place?

Here's what some of you had to say about the topic: 

 

With guest host Libby Denkmann

Guest:

Paul Krekorian, Los Angeles City Councilmember representing District 2, which stretches from Studio City to Sun Valley; he introduced the motion to study the negative impact of Waze on L.A. neighborhoods