You can now ask Waze for directions using your voice

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

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

As announced, users can now utilize an "OK Waze" voice prompt, which can then be used to navigate to an address, get an ETA, let you report something during your commute, plus a whole lot more. Traffic data garnered by Waze from its global army of bikers will then be treated a little differently from vehicle data, resulting in tailored routes and times.

The Waze navigation app for iOS has received one of its biggest updates ever bringing support for motorcycles, "OK Waze" voice control, and HOV routes. In some places, only hands-free use of mobile phones is allowed.

Next up, the update also brings a new Talk to Waze feature on board, making it safer for you to navigate while driving. Waze says more languages and regions will be added soon.

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In order to enable Waze voice commands, you'll have to switch them on, however. To enable it, go to Settings, tap Sound & voice, tap Talk to Waze, then toggle Listen for "OK Waze" on.

HOV routing will give you directions that include carpool lanes, once you activate the option in the Navigation section of the app's Settings, and select the HOV pass that applies to you and your carpool crew.

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. If you're driving a fuel-efficient auto, go to Settings, tap Navigation, and select Vehicle Type. Those who qualify for carpool lanes because they're driving a hybrid or electric auto must go to Settings Navigation Vehicle Type.

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

The new support for "motorcycle mode" is a way to get routing that provides optimized driving directions based on actual motorcyclists experience, with improved ETAs and potential guidance using roads where cars can't go, where legally applicable.

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. The motorcycle mode can be turned on within the settings for "vehicle type".

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