Major Traffic Event: The Roads of Rio

Did you know Brazil is one of the oldest, largest, and most vibrant Waze communities in the world? In Rio de Janeiro alone, there are more than 800,000 monthly active Wazers who drive nearly 133 million kilometers each month!

For the next four weeks, Waze will provide helpful insights about what’s happening on the roads of Rio. To do so, Waze will analyze weekly app usage plus local details from the Waze Map Editor Community, a group of active volunteers who keep Waze maps up-to-date and accurate in Rio.


This week (Sunday, July 31st to Saturday, August 6th), here’s what we found:

  • Local Insights – The Waze Community made nearly 30,000 edits to the Waze map. This included opening and closing roads and adding local places. The biggest edit of the week was adding all Olympic-themed houses to the Waze map.
  • Busiest Hour: 6:00PM – Most events begin in the evening, and we assume Wazers are either heading to an event or rushing to get home at this time.
  • Busiest Day: Wednesday – Waze thought Opening Ceremonies on Friday, August 5th would drive the most activity. However, we can infer the arrival of the Olympic Torch and local protests drove Wednesday’s increase in app activity

Check back next week for Week 2 insights from Rio!

**Waze is not an official sponsor or in any way affiliated with the Olympic Games; this site is intended to share local traffic insights as normally found within the Waze app.