Social Navigation Platform Waze Launches Motorcycle Mode

Waze gets motorcyle Talk to Waze HOV route support
     
     
       By Ida Torres

Waze gets motorcyle Talk to Waze HOV route support By Ida Torres

You can start navigation, send a report, add a stop, and more all by voice. Waze already had Waze Voice Commands, but now, you can do everything without ever having to remove your hands from the steering wheel.

Motorcycle mode will offer routes that have been optimized for bikers based on where other Waze users who are on motorcycles are riding. You can turn the new feature on by going to the Navigation menu within Waze and then clicking "Add Tool/HOV Pass". The new feature is part of an update that also includes a new voice command feature called "OK Waze" and a carpool mode.

"Whether you're riding with one passenger or more; in a hybrid, electric, or clean-fuel auto; with a special pass; or a combination of all of the above, Waze will determine your optimal route".

Waze has added a special mode for motorcyclists.

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"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".

Waze also introduced a carpool mode, available only in the US and Canada, which suggests additional navigation options for high-occupancy-vehicle lanes (carpool lanes).

If you're riding with several people in the vehicle, head to Settings, tap Navigation, tap Add Toll/HOV pass, and select from a list of HOV passes in your area. To switch the feature on, you'll need to provide the app with some extra details about your vehicle and its occupants because the requirements for using carpool lanes vary in different places. Thanks to the work of many in the Map Editor Community, HOV route support is open to residents of 22 USA states, including California, Oregon, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Georgia, Texas, and more. 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 third and final new feature is the addition of motorcycles as a vehicle type, allowing riders to get new motorcycle-specific directions.

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