"OK Waze" Voice Control, HOV Lane Support in Canada and More

30 November, 2017, 13:31 | Author: Rosa Wright
  • Google's Waze goes hands-free with new voice command and gets motorcycle mode for tailored navigation

The feature will let users " 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", explains the company. Waze said the feature will get smarter over time as people use it. Today, it's getting three new features that Waze says have been among the most frequently requested by users. The new mode, which comes included in the latest update to Waze, is a dedicated section exclusively for motorbike, scooter and moped riders but still offers the same features drivers are now accustomed to, including speed camera alerts, road closures and alerts on police.

"Whether you're riding with one passenger or more; in a hybrid, electric, or clean-fuel vehicle; with a special pass; or a combination of all of the above, Waze will determine your optimal route".

Given that Waze's routing recommendations are based on routes from other users, it seems like the flawless navigation app to highlight the differences between auto and motorcycle travel. Just hit your settings to tell Waze that's what you're driving, and routes will be optimized for your hog. Not only is it convenient, it's safer, allowing you to stay focused on the road ahead.

The feature is available now for English speaking Wazers in a few countries including the US, UK, Canada, and Australia, but the company says that other languages and territories are on the way.

Google's Waze goes hands-free with new voice command and gets motorcycle mode for tailored navigation
Massive Waze Update Brings 'OK Waze' Voice Command, Motorcycle Vehicle Option, and HOV Lane Support

Next up is the new Talk to Waze feature, which gives users the power to command the Waze app with only the sound of your voice and two magic words: "OK Waze." .

The Waze voice commands certainly provide some much-needed information without having to actually touch a device. You can now include carpool lanes in your route if you're traveling with more than one rider or if you're driving a fuel-efficient vehicle. Thanks to the work of many in the Map Editor Community, HOV route support is open to residents of 22 USA states, including California, Oregon, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Georgia, Texas, and more.

If you ride with a full carpool crew, head to Settings Navigation Add Toll/HOV pass Select from a pre-populated list of passes available in your area.

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