It seems Malaysians like Waze, and they like it a lot. The country has the highest number of users in South-East Asia when it comes to the community-based traffic and navigation app, and we’re even ranked among the top five countries globally, The Star reports.

According to the Google-owned concern, Kuala Lumpur has 2.5 million active Waze users, which puts us ahead of Jakarta (two million) and Manila (1.5 million). As you’d expect, most Malaysian users are concentrated in big cities such as Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor Baru.

Given its strong adoption rate, Waze is – through its ongoing Connected Citizens programme – looking for government partners in the country to share publicly available data to ensure motorists spend less time on the road. It’s currently working with the Selangor state government to allow motorists to file complaints on potholes, which are then channelled to the various local councils for action.

It’s looking to get more agencies – and usable data – on board. According to Waze’s global strategic partnerships manager, Mona Weng, data can include items such as planned road closures due to a major event or construction, and real-time diversions resulting from accidents or emergencies. The info that is available to Waze is then used to guide users around, making for faster and smoother travel.

She said that Waze has over 250 partners worldwide and hopes to secure another 10 in Asia in the next couple of months. These partners include city and state departments as well as government agencies.

Weng added that Waze is hoping to carry out a field trial in Malaysia similar to that it carried out in Jakarta, which saw cars being diverted to different routes during peak hours according to their licence number plates. She said the resulting diversion saw a 19% decrease in driving time.

Last year, Waze listed Malaysia as the best place to drive in the ASEAN region, as measured via its annual Driver Satisfaction Index, which measures overall drivers’ experiences. The country ranked 23 out of 38 countries on the list, ahead of Singapore (32), Indonesia (34) and the Philippines (37).

The survey focused on more than 20,000 monthly active users among 235 cities and towns, and measured six factors – density of traffic, quality of roads and infrastructure, road safety, availability of driver services, socio economics and “Wazeyness” (happiness and thankfulness of Waze users).