The crowdsourced, Google-owned, real-time traffic update app is getting a new kind of update: AMBER alerts. The services announced that it will be taking alerts from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and integrating them into the Waze app. It will scan the entire United States every ten minutes and will display the AMBER alerts geographically relevant areas in order to help rescue children who have been abducted.
We are very excited to announce that starting today, AMBER alerts, as redistributed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children® will be integrated into Waze. The AMBER alert program is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies and the wireless industry that aims to galvanize communities in the search for and the safe recovery of missing children. As of this writing, AMBER alerts have helped safely recover 728 children. We are proud to help expand the AMBER alerts program’s reach and eager to see the benefit Wazers can provide in making communities safer places. Each AMBER alert will contain as much information as possible. Alerts may contain a photo of the child as well as the model, make and license plate of a missing vehicle the child may be traveling in. Clicking “More Information” will open a web browser where Wazers can obtain more information on the missing child.