Google Assistant rolling out to Waze Android app

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Rolling out to Android phones in the United States, beginning today, Google Assistant will be fully integrated into Waze so users won’t have to tap on their screens to get things done. Many of Waze’s most popular features will be supported, such as reporting traffic jams, calling out potholes, and checking for alternate routes.

When in the Waze app, all you’ll need to do is say, “Hey Google, report traffic” or “Hey Google, avoid tolls” to summon Google Assistant. Waze also uses Google’s new low-profile Assistant interface, so turn-by-turn directions won’t be obstructed.

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.

Google will also be launching a new Assistant Driving Mode this summer to replace the standalone Android Auto app. Part of the next-generation Assistant that was revealed at I/O, Driving Mode is “the next evolution of our mobile driving experience,” with a refreshed interface that brings common activities like navigation, messaging, calling and media to the forefront and further eliminates that need to look at the screen.

Assistant will collect suggestions that might be relevant to your drive—including music or podcasts you were recently listening to—and will be more prominent in the car, even telling you who’s calling and asking if you want to answer.

The rollout begins today, but only in the United States for Android phones set to English. Other countries and languages will have to wait.

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