Waze, which bills itself as the “world's largest community-based traffic and navigation app,” has introduced three new features for Android and iOs. According to a report on The Verge, the first of these features is a mode that is particularly designed for motorcyclists, equipping them with the recommendations for the best route. These recommendations are based on information gathered from other motorcycle riders.
Handy Features for Motorcyclists
This can be particularly useful for other riders who could probably benefit more from information from others trying to navigate traffic with a motorcycle as opposed to a car. Estimated times of arrival can be a lot different for cars or other larger vehicles than they are for motorcycles. In addition, Waze's motorcycle mode adds routing information for narrow streets that you cannot get to in a car.
The update also includes “OK Waze,” hands-free voice commands that allow you to ask for information or modify your destination without taking your hands off the wheel. For example, you can simply utter a command like “take me home” or “what's my next turn” without sacrificing the use of your hands.
The app also allows you to report traffic incidents or roadway hazards. Above all, the final addition, which Waze says is the first for a navigation app, is including carpool lanes as part of the app's routing system. This is being launched in 22 U.S. states including California. What's more, Waze users can rack up brownie points when they offer roadway or traffic information, and that means their standing in the Waze community rises.
How This Information Helps Motorcyclists
As motorcycle accident lawyers, we understand how valuable – even life-saving – these types of informational nuggets can be to motorcyclists. When you are a rider, there are a number of hazards that drivers of cars or other passenger vehicles don't face. For example, when there is debris on the freeway, often times, car drivers are able to dodge it, even if it's at the last minute.
Also, a small chunk of debris might not affect a car. However, a motorcyclist might lose control of their vehicle if they strike debris. With the Waze app, it appears that they will be able to get information about debris and other roadway hazards ahead of time. This could help save a life or save someone from serious injuries. There is no denying that motorcyclists are much more vulnerable to roadway hazards.
It is also important to remember that motorcyclists use carpool lanes compared to other drivers. So, when they get real-time information about carpool lanes, that can be extremely valuable as well. Also, when motorcyclists get information from other riders like themselves, they can rely on its authenticity because the person who offered the tip knows precisely what an individual driving a motorcycle is going through out on the freeway or roadway.
If You Have Been Injured
We hope these enhancements to the Waze app provide motorcyclists with an additional sense of security and equip them with the data they need to stay safe as they ride. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, please contact an experienced California motorcycle accident lawyer who can help safeguard your legal rights and help you secure the compensation you rightfully deserve.