Waze social mobile app for crowd-sourced traffic and mapping just released for all major mobile devices

This is cool news and one of the next bleeding edge apps I will definitely install on my mobiles. Waze is a crowd-sourced mobile app that uses information from mobile users to provide real-time mapping and traffic situation information.

It’s just been released for all major mobile devices (iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile, Nokia / Symbian) but obviously is not a Blackberry app.

It’ll be going on my HTC Touch (Vogue) with Windows Mobile 6.5 and I hope to get Canada represented on the Waze community… plenty of traffic and mapping challenges for those of us in Montreal!

Here’s a cool demo they did at DemoFall09 yesterday:

So what is this? Basically free navigation with crowdsourced information that uploads your mobile activity (motion, speed, etc) along with your GPS receiver … basically showing other users about slowdowns, radar traps, accidents, etc.

Impressive tech of the day in the new world of mashups, location based services and user generated contents.

Downloading now with the latest beta of Opera Mini 5 – the mobile browser that totally rocks!