Waze gets wake word with Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree speech recognition

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Just say “OK Waze” to navigate, report jams, and more without touching the screen.

If you’ve never used Waze before you should really give it a try. It’s by far one of the best navigation apps for mobile phones. Waze isn’t just any old navigation app, it’s a community of users helping each other. The beauty of the app is the ability to report road conditions, problems and incidents through the app to help each other on your commute. It’s really a very handy tool even if you already know your way around your city or town.

Now, the company is announcing that Waze will be getting its own wake word thanks to speech recognition technology company Sensory. Just say “OK Waze” to navigate, report jams, and more without touching the screen. Voice-triggered commands are the most convenient and safest way to engage with the app and report on road incidents while allowing drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.


Reporting traffic conditions via the app through visuals is a potential accident waiting to happen. With Sensory’s speech recognition built into the app, that potential problem is eliminated.


  • Brings expanded dialogue capabilities – a seamless navigation experience by voice from start to destination while keeping eyes on the road
  • Waze continues to innovate on safety: this is one of the multiple features that support safer driving habits
  • Starting in English-speaking countries and will expand to additional languages in the future
  • Powered by TrulyHandsfree from Sensory Inc.

Thanks to Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree technology, the entire navigation experience from entering a destination address, to sending a report of a pothole or accident, can be done hands-free simply by starting with the command “OK Waze!”

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