Waze Becomes First Navigation App to Support Carpool Lanes

Waze today announced it is rolling out three new features in its popular crowdsourced navigation app for iOS and Android, the most notable of which is support for high occupancy vehicle lanes, also known as carpool lanes.

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If you are driving with at least one passenger, or have a hybrid or electric vehicle with a special permit, Waze will now take carpool lanes on highways into consideration when determining your optional route.

If you are carpooling, the feature can enabled under Navigation > Add Toll/HOV pass within Waze's in-app settings. If you have a fuel-efficient vehicle, it can be selected as an option under Navigation > Vehicle Type.

Carpool lane support is initially available to Waze users in 22 states across the United States, and in the Canadian cities of Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal. More cities in the United States and Canada will be added over time.

The states supported include Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. Washington D.C. is also supported.

Next, a new "OK Waze" voice command allows for true hands-free use, allowing drivers to initiate navigation, get a preview of the route ahead, send traffic-related reports, add stops along the way, and more while staying focused on the road ahead. The feature can be enabled under Sound & Voice > Talk to Waze > OK Waze.


Talk to Waze is initially available to English-speaking Waze users in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa, and the United Kingdom, and will continually roll out in more languages soon.

Last, Waze now supports motorcycles as a vehicle type. In this mode, motorcycle riders will be directed on routes optimized for motorcyclists. Waze says the more motorcyclists ride in this mode, the smarter the routing will become.

Waze is a free download on the App Store [Direct Link] for iPhone. Today's update doesn't appear to be available yet, although "OK Waze" functionality is working, so some changes may be implemented on the backend.

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20 months ago
Dear Tim,

Please allow Waze to integrate with CarPlay.

Thanks.
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20 months ago

No car play support, no Waze for me. This is not Apple (Tim), topgunn, but Google who won't make it interact, it is strictly the android's car play equivalent. :(.

Actually, Apple won’t allow other navigation apps on CarPlay.
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20 months ago
I'm glad someone is still innovating. It keeps the others on their toes and makes them have to catch up. I'm still thrilled Apple maps has added the feature telling you which lane you have to be in.
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20 months ago

No car play support, no Waze for me. This is not Apple (Tim), topgunn, but Google who won't make it interact, it is strictly the android's car play equivalent. :(.

I believe it is Apple because there are zero navigation apps supported by CarPlay. Apple seems to have made a decision to not allow other navigation apps, probably because of increased liability.
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20 months ago
I don’t think Waze is the first to do this, I have seen it in my other apps as well. One even asks me when I plan a route if I want to use HOV lanes for this trip.
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20 months ago
What a great app, I was just about to spend upwards of 100 bucks to get the maps etc. updated on my 2016 Traverse's GPS when someone showed me WAZE. It's just amazing!!
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20 months ago

What a great app, I was just about to spend upwards of 100 bucks to get the maps etc. updated on my 2016 Traverse's GPS when someone showed me WAZE. It's just amazing!!


It is very slick especially when you are first exposed to it...user supplied alerts for stoplight cameras and police stops are awesome.
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20 months ago

I've been a loyal Google Maps user for many years. The reason I don't use Waze is because I want to minimize my distractions while driving. I've been hoping since Google owns Waze (I think?), perhaps they would one day merge apps or at least merge more features.

No please no. Google ruins every app they acquire and merge into their own. Waze is ugly but so so useful, I want it to stay independent of Google forever.

I believe it is Apple because there are zero navigation apps supported by CarPlay. Apple seems to have made a decision to not allow other navigation apps, probably because of increased liability.

The CarPlay API is super limited, and does not allow for any navigation apps to tie into it yet. Indeed, if you look at the developer site, it's clear third-party apps can really only do three things in carplay - audio (music, podcasts, etc.), messaging and calls (VoIP, texting), and car specific apps to control heating, a/c, defroster, etc.
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20 months ago


Waze Becomes First Navigation App to Support Carpool Lanes ('https://www.macrumors.com/2017/11/29/waze-carpool-lane-support/')


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This is the TomTom Application. It's also free and supports HOV lanes.
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20 months ago
No car play support, no Waze for me. This is not Apple (Tim), topgunn, but Google who won't make it interact, it is strictly the android's car play equivalent. :(.
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