Waze Is the First GPS App to Support Carpool Lanes

Mandy Carr
Ноября 30, 2017

You can start navigation, send a report, add a stop, and more all by voice. Waze said the feature will get smarter over time as people use it. 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.

The navigation app (which is owned by Google's parent company Alphabet) just announced a slew of new features in "one of its biggest updates ever", just in time for the holidays.

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.

However, riders will get a dedicated set of features including more accurate ETA times that may be different to drivers because of the ability to manoeuvre through traffic and being notified of smaller roads that can be driven on, but are too narrow for cars. To use motorcycle mode in Waze, go to Settings Vehicle Type Motorcycles.

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Another new feature is Talk to Waze, which now lets your voice control the app by saying "OK Waze" (similar to "OK Google").

"Not only is it convenient, it's safer, allowing you to stay focused on the road ahead", Waze wrote.

Lastly, new is HOV (high occupancy vehicle) route support, which Waze says is the first for any navigation app.

This feature is now available for English speakers in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Ireland, and New Zealand.

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To turn this feature on, head to Settings Sound & voice Talk to Waze Toggle Listen for "OK Waze" on. Waze promised to roll it out to more languages in the near future.

The feature is now supported in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and D.C as well as Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal.

For example, those riding with a full carpool crew should go to Settings Navigation Add Toll/ HOV pass, and then choose from the list of available passes for your area.

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