'Tis the Season to Ride Your Own Waze

Today, we begin rolling out one of our biggest Waze app updates ever (yes, ever) for iOS and Android, including three of our most requested features wrapped in one a-Waze-ing new release. Consider it our early holiday gift to you.

The best part? It's the kind of gift that keeps on giving. Each new feature has been designed specifically to help you enjoy a more personalized experience as you navigate the roads less trafficked. Okay, enough shaking the box—let's start unwrapping.

First in the gift pile is our new Motorcycle vehicle type option and two new motorcycle helmet-rocking Waze moods. Open to Wazers worldwide who prefer to ride on two (or three) wheels, this is the third unique vehicle type supported by Waze, and it comes complete with specialized routing to help make finding freedom on the open road simpler and faster.

In addition to the real-time road updates and alerts, Wazers riding in motorcycle mode will be directed on routes optimized for motorcyclists based on where fellow Wazers-on-wheels are riding and the more you ride in the motorcycle setting, the smarter the routing will become. To sweeten the deal, better routing also means you'll see a more accurate projected arrival time at your destination.

To Waze on a motorbike go to Settings > Vehicle Type > Motorcycles in your app.

Next up is our Talk to Waze feature, which gives you the power to command the Waze app with only the sound of your voice and two magic words: "OK Waze." An evolution of our existing Waze Voice Commands, you can now initiate your drive, get a preview of the route ahead, send reports, and add a pit stop—all without lifting a finger from the wheel. Not only is it convenient, it's safer, allowing you to stay focused on the road ahead. Talk to Waze is currently 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.

To start chatting with Waze today, head to Settings > Sound & voice > Talk to Waze > Toggle Listen for "OK Waze" on. 

Rounding out our gift trio is HOV route support: a first not only for Waze, but for navigation apps at large. This feature provides Wazers with additional navigation options and arrival times, based on high-occupancy-vehicle lanes (aka carpool lanes) on their route.

Whether you're riding with one passenger or more; in a hybrid, electric, or clean-fuel car; with a special pass; or a combination of all of the above, Waze will determine your optimal route. Major shoutout to our stellar Map Editor Community, who worked hard to bring HOV route support to life by adding the nuanced HOV info to the Waze Map. To start hopping in the fast lane on your route, all you need to do is open the Waze app and share a few details about your drive:
  • 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.
  • Have a fuel-efficient car? Go to Settings > Navigation > Vehicle Type. 
HOV route support is currently open to Wazers in 22 markets across the US (full list below), and in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. Stay tuned for additional roll-outs across the United States and Canada. 

Wazers, our efforts to make your drive the best (and shortest) it can be is never over. Stay up-to-date on all things Waze on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and get more pro tips to help customize Waze for your needs. 

Happy HoliWaze, 
The Waze Team 

In the United States, HOV route support is currently available to Wazers in:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota 
  • Nevada 
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
  • Utah 
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Wisconsin 

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