Waze to launch Filipino navigation voice

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 3) — Navigation app Waze is looking to help Filipino drivers cope with the Anti-Distracted Driving Act.

Speaking to CNN Philippines on Monday, Waze Asia Pacific Regional Lead Mona Weng said they hope the update to the navigation voice and voice command will help Filipino wazers use the app safely and legally.

"We had some discussions with our amazing Waze community across the Philippines and we decided that Filipino will be the most useful for all drivers across the Philippines," she said.

Weng added, "While English has always been readily available, we have heard from the community that they would like to have the option to have a Tagalog or Filipino voice. I know that some of the people I talk to said the voice command doesn't work well with their accent so if we have Filipino available, that no longer becomes an issue."

Under the adjusted Anti-Distracted Driving Act, motorists are now allowed to mount smartphones or GPS devices on their dashboards. They, however, aren't allowed to hold or touch gadgets to make a call, send a text, or read messages — unless the driver has an emergency. It will be implemented starting July 6.

Weng said they are looking for the first Filipino celebrity to be featured on Waze.

The Filipino navigation voice rolls out mid-July.