Waze Adds Voice Commands, Motorcycle Mode, Carpool Lanes

30 November, 2017, 13:29 | Author: Patty Aguilar
  • Waze launches new apps for motorcycles carpool lanes

An evolution of the existing Waze Voice Commands, you can now initiate your drive, get a preview of the route ahead, send reports, and add a pit stop-all without lifting a finger from the wheel. Waze can now offer routes and travel estimates based on the use of HOV lanes when available. This new feature is rolling out globally via the Waze app. The new feature is part of an update that also includes a new voice command feature called "OK Waze" and a carpool mode.

The Waze navigation app for iOS has received one of its biggest updates ever bringing support for motorcycles, "OK Waze" voice control, and HOV routes. To enable it, go to Settings, tap Vehicle Type, then tap Motorcycles.

"Not only is it convenient, it's safer, allowing you to stay focused on the road ahead", Waze wrote.

Waze chose to implement these products by selecting some of the most-requested features offered up by its community of engaged users, the company says, and they definitely do sound like they'll boost overall convenience for fans of Waze navigation.


In addition to the real-time road updates and alerts, Wazers riding in motorcycle mode will be directed on routes optimized for motorcyclists based on where fellow Wazers-on-wheels are riding and the more you ride in the motorcycle setting, the smarter the routing will become.

"In addition, safety of all road users is always a top priority for Waze and we encourage drivers to use the app as it is intended - by docking the phone and leveraging hands-free functionality during their entire route for an undistracted drive.The new "OK Waze" feature allows us to continue to innovate on safety and support better driving habits". It's worth noting here that while it is only available in English to begin with, it will expand to additional languages in the future. To switch the feature on, you'll need to provide the app with some extra details about your vehicle and its occupants because the requirements for using carpool lanes vary in different places.

In Canada, HOV lane support is only available in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal, while 22 markets in the US gain support for this too.

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