Waze gains support for HOV lanes, motorcycles and voice activation

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

Waze is also now much more friendly for bikers with a new motorcycle mode, the third unique vehicle type supported by the app.

The new support for "motorcycle mode" is a way to get routing that provides optimized driving directions based on actual motorcyclists experience, with improved ETAs and potential guidance using roads where cars can't go, where legally applicable. The app now supports an "Ok Waze" command that allows you to set common destinations without taking your hands from the wheel. Waze is now billed as the first navigation app to explicitly support high-occupancy vehicle lanes, potentially saving you gobs of time if you're carpooling or otherwise eligible. This stuff is live only in US and Canada for now, in specific cities. When you're in the Waze app, you can now say "Ok Waze" and then something along the lines of "take me to work", "find the nearest gas station", and "what's my next turn?" to control your drive without having to touch your phone. The team behind the crowd-sourced navigation app says that this is one of the "biggest Waze app updates ever", and for good reason. Furthermore, you'll also be able to use the "Ok Waze" command to report any accidents, backups, or other conditions you notice while driving. This feature lets drivers get additional navigation options for their carpool lanes along their route. If you're using a fuel-efficient vehicle, on the other hand, you only need to change your vehicle type in the Navigation sub-menu. HOV route support, on the other hand, is getting a much more limited roll out, launching only in 22 United States markets along with Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal.

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Talk to Waze is available to English-speaking users in Canada, the US, UK, Australia, South Africa, Ireland, and New Zealand, with more languages coming soon.

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