Waze, the popular Israeli traffic navigation app, is known for saving drivers time. Now it’s helping save animals’ lives.
The app already has a “roadkill” button for users to report dead animals at the side of the road. Starting in late February, data from that app will be used by the Society For The Protection Of Nature In Israel to determine which intersections are the most dangerous for animals.
The animals most at risk of becoming roadkill in Israel are deer, badgers, porcupines, hyenas turtles and otters, SPNI’s Shmulik Yidov told The Jerusalem Post. Waze users reported 1,416 roadkill sightings last year.
The data will help SPNI create a road atlas for wildlife by creating safe crossing signs and zones for animals.
The joint program was being released in time for U.N. World Wildlife Day on March 3.
Correction, March 13 at 5:22 p.m.: The story was corrected to say U.N. World Wildlife Day is on March 3, not March 17 as stated previously. It was also updated to say that the Waze program started already, not that it was about to start.