Waze is rolling out Google Assistant integration to new markets, including Canada, allowing drivers to call up the navigation app while driving by only their voice. This follows the launch of Google Assistant in Waze for Android for the U.S. market last year.
Available in English only, Waze for Android and iOS users can now use “Hey Google” to report traffic, incidents or hazards, navigate, search, or ask Assistant questions without ever having to leave the Waze screen. Android users can also use this integration to set a Calendar appointment, play music, or make a phone call.
“This partnership with Google Assistant reinforces Waze’s commitment to providing users with the smoothest drive,” says Yuval Shoshan, Product Manager at Waze. “After the successful rollout of the integration for Android users in the U.S., we were excited to help even more people streamline their drive by expanding internationally. Now, all English language users of Waze on Android will be able to access this hands-free option when using Waze to minimize distractions and ensure that they have the best possible journey, keeping their eyes on the road at all times.”
The update is available for Waze for Android users in English-speaking markets while support for navigation-related commands is starting to roll out to iOS users.