The new feature for the social-themed navigation app should help with spreading the word about children who are either missing or have been abducted.

The Waze app team is working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children on the AMBER alert feature. The app's official blog offers up how this will work for Waze users:

  • We will scan the U.S. for AMBER alerts every 10 minutes.
  • If there is a live AMBER alert, we will display it to Wazers in the relevant geographic area.
  • Alerts will only be displayed when Wazers' vehicles have been completely stopped for 10 seconds and will only appear once per week per individual alert.
  • Alerts will disappear when Wazers tap the map or once the vehicle starts moving again.

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.

Waze joins Facebook in adding AMBER alerts for its users. Be sure to check out our own feature on how to set up and receive AMBER Alerts on an Android smartphone.

Source: Waze