Waze Introduces C-3PO Voice For Navigation Instructions

You have probably heard of Waze, the traffic and navigation app that combines traffic direction and a huge community that passes on real-time information of what is happening in your daily commute route - and if you don't, you should. One of the most iconic features of the app is the introduction of famous voices for the driving instructions, which are usually funny ones. For example, back in September U.S. users had the voices of Stephen Colbert, Neil Patrick Harris from How I Met Your Mother and Rob Gronkowski, a famous football player. As the launch of Star Wars: The Force Awakens approaches, fans of the franchise are getting really excited for seeing the newest installment of the epic sci-fi classic, and if you use Waze for your daily commute, you can have fun with the C-3PO robot voice cheering your way to work and back home.

This time Waze made things a little bit different and interesting: instead of only guiding you, C-3PO actually has his own missions too, as it will be looking for his friends R2-D2 and BB-8. The cool thing is that if you join the special Star Wars community on Waze, you score points each time a robot is found on the map. Other characters and items from Star Wars universe will also be fiddling around your city, including stormtroopers, lightsabers, and Tie fighters, and you should see them on your map while driving around. To join the Star Wars community, just click the Waze icon on the bottom left area, click My Waze, then "Teams" and finally the branded item "Star Wars". The free update should already be available in the Play Store.

If you have your apps to update automatically, just go to the app settings in order to activate the voice. If English is not your preferred language, you can choose from a list of different voices, including Spanish, Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese, Italian and much more. Bought by Google for $1.2 billion in 2013, Waze has hundreds of millions of users around the world and their algorithms provide important information about traffic in real time, which are also included in Google Maps and are extremely helpful when you want to plan a commute, and now you can commute using the Force.

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