Published: Thu, November 30, 2017
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

Waze gains support for HOV lanes, motorcycles and voice activation

Waze gains support for HOV lanes, motorcycles and voice activation

The "Talk to Waze" feature expands on the app's limited voice control capabilities, allowing users to verbally set their route, preview the navigation, send Waze's crowdsourced traffic reports, and add pit stops to their journey.

Motorcycle mode will offer routes that have been optimized for bikers based on where other Waze users who are on motorcycles are riding. 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.

Google bought Waze about four years ago, and since then, there haven't been a lot of major upgrades to the navigation apps. Waze says more languages and regions will be added soon.

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.

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." .

Waze also introduced a carpool mode, available only in the USA and Canada, which suggests additional navigation options for high-occupancy-vehicle lanes (carpool lanes).

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Check out Waze now for more information about its latest update. Unfortunately, this is only supported with English in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Ireland, and New Zealand. If you're driving a fuel-efficient auto, go to Settings, tap Navigation, and select Vehicle Type.

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.

HOV route support is now open to Wazers in 22 markets across the USA (full list below), and in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal.

For the first time, Waze are launching a new motorcycle mode, enabling the 1.1 million motorcycle, moped and scooter owners* to finally beat the traffic and become part of the 90m strong global Waze community.

The third and final new feature is the addition of motorcycles as a vehicle type, allowing riders to get new motorcycle-specific directions.

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