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Waze now tells iOS users how long they'll be stuck in traffic

Catching up with Android, the latest iOS version of the crowdsourcing traffic app can track your progress or lack thereof when it's gridlock.

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Waze's iOS app now sports a traffic bar, along with other new features. Waze

Stuck in another traffic jam? You may be able to tell how long it'll last if you've got the latest iOS version of the Waze navigation app.

Launched on Wednesday, Waze version 3.9.4 for Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users now displays a new traffic bar. Designed to track your progress as you slowly move along, the bar can give you a visual sense of how long it will take until you escape from all that traffic.

Bought by Google in 2013, Waze has picked up a loyal fanbase by offering crowdsourced traffic directions. Drivers who use the app can share traffic conditions, road hazards and other obstacles with fellow users in real time. That feature makes Waze potentially more effective and helpful than your standard navigation app or basic GPS. Google Maps also incorporates some of the real-time notifications from Waze to enhance its own navigation skills.

Another feature in the new version of Waze offers you a confirmation when you send someone an ETA on how long before you reach your destination. A third feature lets you use voice commands to learn which route Waze is taking. Waze has also thrown in better support for U-turns as well as general bug fixes.

The iOS version of Waze has now caught up with the Android version, which added the traffic bar and other new features last month.