Since Google acquired Waze back in 2013, the company has been slowly adding Waze features into Google Maps, including Waze’s traffic reporting functions and real-time speed limits.
This relationship is reciprocated, as Google is integrating Assistant into the Waze app for U.S. Android users—a rollout, of course, which means you might not see the feature at first. With it, you can now perform an even wider variety of voice commands with Waze, and makes it so that you can now access most of Waze’s features completely hands-free. This is a pretty great addition for the app, especially since Waze is the better option for navigating out of traffic hell versus Google Maps.
In order to use the new Google Assistant voice commands, you’ll need to update to the most recent version of Waze—head to the Google Play Store on your Android device and see if any new versions of the app are waiting to be installed.
While using the navigation mode in Waze, you can say things like “Hey Google, report a crash,” to submit an accident report. You can also use commands like “Hey Google, avoid tolls” to take the scenic, free route to wherever you’re going; “report police” to help others speed; “report traffic” to share your terrible commute with others; and “show me alternate routes” if you’re looking to reroute.
You’re also able to perform other Google Assistant commands in Waze, such as cueing up music or a podcast, reading and replying to texts via speech, getting your notifications spoken to you, performing Google searches, and more—a lot more, in fact, so be sure to check out our guides for everything you can do