Waze Adds Motorcycle Mode, Carpool Lane Support

Google's Waze goes hands-free with new voice command and gets motorcycle mode for tailored navigation

The feature will let users " 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", explains the company. It's a seemingly small change to the voice commands feature that already existed in Waze, but it's one that will have a huge impact because it allows for hands-free initiation of requests.

Ahead of millions of people hitting the roads over Christmas, Waze launches a new bundle of features to make journeys more bearable over the festive period and beyond.

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. To do this, go to Settings Sound & voice Talk to Waze, and then toggle the "Listen for "OK Waze" on".

Finlay Clark, head of Waze UK said: "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".

Lastly, new is HOV (high occupancy vehicle) route support, which Waze says is the first for any navigation app. Waze promised to roll it out to more languages in the near future.

Google's Waze goes hands-free with new voice command and gets motorcycle mode for tailored navigation
Massive Waze Update Brings 'OK Waze' Voice Command, Motorcycle Vehicle Option, and HOV Lane Support

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.

This feature is now available for English speakers 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. Thanks to the work of many in the Map Editor Community, HOV route support is open to residents of 22 U.S. states, including California, Oregon, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Georgia, Texas, and more.

Drivers using the application's new motorcycle mode will receive route recommendations based on data from motorcyclists.

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

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