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Waze Adds Voice Commands, Motorcycle Mode, Carpool Lanes

30 November 2017, 01:28 | Ruben Fields

Waze says the update is one the biggest in its history allowing users to talk to it use a motorcle and use carpool lanes

Waze says the update is one the biggest in its history allowing users to talk to it use a motorcle and use carpool lanes

To Waze on a motorbike, go to Settings Vehicle Type Motorcycles in your app. You can use these voice commands to begin navigation, preview the route ahead of you, ask for your arrival time, and more.

Do you prefer rolling on two wheels instead of four? Though the app has enjoyed voice-activated search features for many years already, users still had to tap on a result to confirm their selection. Simply say "OK Waze", and it will start listening out for your Waze Voice Commands.

Given that Waze's routing recommendations are based on routes from other users, it seems like the ideal navigation app to highlight the differences between vehicle and motorcycle travel.

Google's Waze goes hands-free with new voice command and gets motorcycle mode for tailored navigation

It'll be interesting if Google Maps will ever get "OK Google" voice support, given Waze now has it.

Social navigation platform Waze announced new navigation mode for motorcyclists today, available for both Android and iOS users. Not only is it convenient, it's safer, allowing you to stay focused on the road ahead.

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. As with everything Waze offers, motorcycle navigation will get better the more you use it. Being added to the existing list of Private and Taxi, this new option will allow two-wheeled vehicle riders to access specialized routes, more accurate arrival times, and more. Waze promised to roll it out to more languages in the near 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. Talk to Waze is now available for English-speaking Wazers in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Ireland, and New Zealand, and will continually roll out in more languages soon. HOV route support, on the other hand, is getting a much more limited roll out, launching only in 22 U.S. markets along with Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal.

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