Huge Waze update brings support for motorcycles and voice commands

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Also with the latest Waze app update is a new voice control feature that will benefit all users. Traffic data garnered by Waze from its global army of bikers will then be treated a little differently from auto data, resulting in tailored routes and times.

Drive times, routes and roads vary between automobiles and motorcycles, so by including this new vehicle type, Waze is proud to be supporting a driving experience unique to motorcycle navigation.

"In addition, safety of all road users is always a top priority for Waze and we encourage drivers to use the app as it is intended - by docking the phone and leveraging hands-free functionality during their entire route for an undistracted drive.The new "OK Waze" feature allows us to continue to innovate on safety and support better driving habits". 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. To do this, go to Settings Sound & voice Talk to Waze, and then toggle the "Listen for "OK Waze" on". The company plans to add more languages soon.

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

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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).

The Waze voice commands are already available in English for users in the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. Those who qualify for carpool lanes because they're driving a hybrid or electric auto must go to Settings Navigation Vehicle Type. 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. Once you do, you'll begin seeing routes that have been optimized for people traveling by motorcycle, based on routes that fellow bikers have taken in the past.

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.

As outlined on the Waze blog today, you can now go into your Settings menu and set "Motorcycles" as your vehicle type.

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