Friday, 15 December, 2017

Waze Updated with Routing for Motorcycles, "OK Waze", and More

Google's Waze goes hands-free with new voice command and gets motorcycle mode for tailored navigation Waze gains support for HOV lanes, motorcycles and voice activation
Garry Little | 30 November, 2017, 13:32

The most useful of these is a new hands-free capability that promises to work just like Google Assistant - just say the wake phrase "OK, Waze", and you'll be able to control the app using your voice. Traffic data garnered by Waze from its global army of bikers will then be treated a little differently from vehicle data, resulting in tailored routes and times.

Waze started rolling out three new features to its iOS and Android app Wednesday, the most noticeable of which is new support for high occupancy vehicles or carpool lanes. No matter where you are, it's usually not safe to be trying to study your device while driving to see what's up with traffic or look for a gas station along your route. If you live in an area that has such lanes (sometimes called diamond lanes or carpool lanes), these lanes will be now be used to designate the most optimal route.

If using this works for you, Waze details how to enable it, depending on which category you fall under.

"Whether you're riding with one passenger or more; in a hybrid, electric, or clean-fuel auto; with a special pass; or a combination of all of the above, Waze will determine your optimal route". Users can enable the feature by going to Settings Sound & voice Talk to Waze Toggle Listen for "OK Waze" in the app. If you're driving a fuel-efficient auto, go to Settings, tap Navigation, and select Vehicle Type.

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

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 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.

Drivers using the application's new motorcycle mode will receive route recommendations based on data from motorcyclists. To use motorcycle mode in Waze, go to Settings Vehicle Type Motorcycles.

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