Waze has been updated with a choice of voice directions: your own. The app has been updated to allow users to record their own voice clips for driving directions. This is either the best thing ever, or the worst possible thing that could have happened. It could also be both.
The option is hidden away in the sound and audio menu in the Waze settings; not with the voice options where one expects it. Recording an audio clip is as straightforward as it sounds. Users are required to speak their desired phrase for a long list of pre-determined directions. In the event that the user misses an entry, the app will use the default voice.
That’s all there is to it. There’s quite a bit of potential for pranks to be pulled; since there are no safeguards against someone saying “turn left” for a right turn. However, most people will be sensible enough to lock their phones to prevent this sort of thing happening.
Since the app doesn’t discriminate against the audio used, it can be adapted for just about anything. The voices of other family members, marching commands, whistles, or even Morse code. Not that all of these ideas are useful.
Users will have to have signed in to Waze with an account in order for the option to appear. The company has pointed out that the customised commands are restricted to the account that they are recorded on; making it harder for people to share their creations.