Google Assistant comes to Waze on Android phones

Yolanda Curtis
June 11, 2019

But that doesn't mean Waze is getting overlooked, as the company just announced a brand new feature for Waze, one that could further improve your navigation experience: Google Assistant. While you could already use Google's virtual assistant with Google Maps to change your destination, check your ETA or add a stop to your route while you're driving, Waze users up to now had to pull over to fiddle with their phone, or multitask and risk an accident.

Waze has slowly and surely become the go-to navigation app for drivers all over, with the ability to report traffic conditions/incidents and communicate with other users on the road setting it apart from other competitors-namely, Google Maps. Now, with Google Assistant support built into Waze, you'll be able to do a lot more without touching the screen.

This feature is now rolling out to English language users in the US. Until that happens, you can enter your destination in the Google Maps app and question your cab driver every time the app reroutes you.

You'll also be able to play music, message friends and make calls, all by issuing the proper command to the Assistant.

If you're not familiar with Waze, it's like a community-driven version of Google Maps that focuses exclusively on navigation. As first spotted by XDA Developers, the feature appears to be live now in India and will alert you should your driver veer as much as 500 meters off route.

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