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Waze brings hands-free navigation in latest update
Our phones do so much more than make phone calls. We use them for communication, entertainment, mobile payments, and directions. Waze, one of the most popular turn-by-turn direction apps, gives you directions while alerting you to upcoming accidents, speed traps, and other hazards along your route. One of the most dangerous things you can do while driving is taking your eyes off the road. With a new update, the app is giving you the option to control it with just your voice and keep your eyes on the road.
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The app has also added a new motorcycle vehicle type option. Once enabled, it will direct riders on routes optimized for motorcycles. These routes come from other rider’s reports, and the more the option is used, the smarter the routing will become. The new motorcycle vehicle type is open to riders worldwide and can be switched on by heading into Settings > Vehicle Type > Motorcycles in the app.
See also: Waze adds ability to request roadside help to fellow users
HOV lane routing
The third and final new feature in this update is HOV lane support. Waze says this is a first, not only for its app, but for any navigation app. HOV lanes are reserved for those who are carpooling, have a special pass, or are in an electric, hybrid, or clean-fuel car. Once the option has been turned on, it will give you additional navigation options and arrival times based on the HOV lanes along your route. Waze is rolling out the special routing for 22 states across the US and Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal in Canada with more on the way. For a full list of supported markets and how to enable this, check out Waze’s website.