Waze announced a huge new update on Wednesday, bringing three of its top-requested features to the app for Android and iOS. Starting now, you can control Waze with your voice, get motorcycle-specific directions, and factor carpool lanes into your commute.
Here’s how to setup all of Waze’s new features so you can start using them as soon as possible.
Hands free controls
To setup voice activation with Waze, first open the app and go into Settings. Select “Sound & Voice” and then “Talk to Waze.” Finally, toggle on “Listen for OK Waze.” Then next time you say “OK Waze,” the app will respond so you never have to take your hands off the wheel.
For now, this feature is limited to English speakers in the US, U.K., Canada, Australia, South Africa, Ireland, and New Zealand. More language options should be coming “soon.”
The best route for a car won’t always be the best option on a motorcycle. To take advantage of this feature, go into Settings, select “Vehicle type” and pick Motorcycle (the other options are private or taxi). If you want to switch back to a car later just do the same thing but pick Private instead.
Add Carpool Lanes to Your Route
Finally, if you typically drive around with one of more passengers in the car, Waze can now help you find high-occupancy-vehicle (AKA carpool) lanes to save time on your commute. To turn this one on, go to Settings, then Navigation, and then select “Add Toll/HOV.” You’ll see a list of carpool lanes in your area and you can select the ones you want to use.
This feature is available in parts of Canada and the United States to start, with more on the way. Here’s the list of regions where you can add carpool lanes to Waze right now:
- New Jersey
- Nueva York
- North Carolina
- Washington, D.C.