Waze App Gains Support for Motorcycles, 'OK Waze' Voice Control, Carpool Lanes

Phillip Butler
November 30, 2017

Waze users in North America will be pleased to hear that the company is adding voice commands to its popular navigation app.

Waze already had voice commands, but today this feature is easier to use. 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. 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. There are three oft-requested features rolling out with this update, and they all center around making Waze a more personalized experience. Being added to the existing list of Private and Taxi, this new option will allow two-wheeled vehicle riders to access specialized routes, more accurate arrival times, and more.

Waze also added in a new vehicle type: Motorcycle. To do this, go to Settings Sound & voice Talk to Waze, and then toggle the "Listen for "OK Waze" on".

With this addition, Waze will be able to provide additional navigational options and arrival times based on high-occupancy-vehicle (HOV), or better known as carpooling lanes.

In addition, the new Waze 4.33 update will see a new feature allowing drivers and motorcyclists to get to their destination with two simple words - "OK Waze". The feature is available for English-speaking users in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, South Africa, Ireland, and New Zealand. Waze promised to roll it out to more languages in the near future. These settings will vary by city, but you can tell the app if you've got an eligible fuel-efficient vehicle or if you have a carpool.

Waze is initially rolling out HOV route support in 21 states plus Washington, D.C.; 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.

To turn on routing for motorcycles, select "Settings", and tap "Motorcycles" under Vehicle Type.

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