Google’s different navigation app, Waze, began rolling out an Android and iOS app replace right this moment that brings extremely requested options to the crowdsourced navigation app. Whereas common navigation apps allow you to select your type of transportation from choices together with a automobile, bike, and practice, Waze now has help for bikes as effectively.
With the replace, drivers of two- or three-wheeled autos can get higher route choices based mostly on data supplied by different bikers who’ve used Waze within the new bike mode. Since there are routes that motorcyclists can take that automobile motorists cannot, Waze ought to be capable to give motorcyclists optimized routes for his or her car in addition to extra correct ETAs.
Along with bike help, Waze can even now help HOV lane navigation. Anybody who has pushed in a high-occupancy car lane is aware of that your route and ETA will probably be totally different than these driving within the common lanes simply ft away from you. Now, Waze will present instructions, routes, and ETAs based mostly on HOV lane entry.
Those that have drive with a number of passengers or with a particular cross can go into Waze’s app settings and select from an inventory of choices to glean entry to HOV lane routes. Those that drive a fuel-efficient car can decide a particular car sort within the app to get entry to the identical route choices. HOV route help will probably be stay first in 22 areas within the US in addition to Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal, with extra areas to come back later.
No matter the kind of car you are in or what lane you utilize, you should utilize Waze’s new voice-activation help. This lets you say “Okay Waze” to set off the app to hear for different voice instructions equivalent to “drive house” or “report a visitors jam.” Beforehand, you needed to faucet the microphone icon on the app’s search bar earlier than you possibly can say a Waze-specific voice command. A wake phrase like “Okay Waze” ought to forestall drivers from fumbling with their smartphones whereas on the street.
Waze has persistently positioned emphasis on consumer comfort with features of life that relate to navigation, however could not must do along with your car or route. The app helps Spotify playback instantly inside the app so drivers do not get distracted whereas attempting to pick music. It additionally added an “order forward” function earlier this yr that permits drivers with the Dunkin Donuts cell app to position their morning coffee-and-donut order from inside the Waze app.