Google Assistant Now Available on Waze

The driving information app Waze is now available with Google Assistant in English on Android phones. While Google Maps tells drivers where to go, Waze helps them find the fastest route and avoid tolls. All of its data is sourced by the drivers themselves, who contribute information regarding potholes, tolls, and traffic. To access this information, users can say “Hey Google, report traffic” or “Hey Google, avoid tolls,” according to a recent blog post from Austin Chang, Google Assistant’s Director. He writes,

“Voice commands in the car help minimize distractions so you can focus on the road. We look forward to continue making your driving experience even better with help from the Google Assistant.”

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Waze tells drivers the fastest route, now accessible with Google Assistant.

Related: Phones At The Wheel: A Deep Dive Into Distracted Driving

Toyota Adds Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa to 2018 Cars

Google Assistant isn’t the only smart home platform to be integrated into cars. Recently, Toyota announced that they were adding Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa directly into 2018 Camrys and Siennas, no mobile device required. These platforms will also be available on most 2019 and 2020 vehicles, beginning with the 2019 Toyota Avalon. To install these platforms, car-owners must return to Toyota dealerships where they will be serviced.

Volkswagen AG Invests Billions to Create Smart Cars

In the same vein, Volkswagen announced that they will invest about four billion dollars in developing digital businesses and IoT products for their cars by the year 2025. The company wants to create a cloud computing program that will connect customers with their vehicles, making the car their central IoT hub. The system would enable wireless software updates, taking after Tesla. As the Internet of Things and the smart home become more and more commonplace, it is not surprising that companies like Toyota and Volkswagen are focusing on cars as well as homes.

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza is a journalist living in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout her career, her work has spanned many intersections within the tech industry. At SquareFoot, a New York-based real estate technology company, she wrote about the ways in which technology has changed the real estate industry, as well as the challenges that business owners face when they want to invest in property. At Degreed.com, an education technology website, Aliza created digital content for lifelong learners, exploring the ways in which technology has democratized education. Additionally, she has written articles for The Huffington Post as well as her own content on Medium, the online publishing platform. Aliza’s love of journalism and research stems from the excellent Journalism program at Brandeis University. At Brandeis, Aliza interned as a research assistant at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit “news room without walls”. There, Aliza was paired with an investigative journalist and used academic databases to obtain data on everything from the suicide rates in Bhutan to local Boston court cases. Her last position was as an account executive at Yelp, educating business owners on the power of technology to increase revenue. Throughout, however, her heart remained with tech journalism, and she’s thrilled to be writing for Security Baron. When she’s not keeping afloat of the latest tech trends, Aliza likes to cook, read, and write. A former high school “Class Clown,” Aliza has completed two feature-length screenplays, a pilot, and countless comedic sketches. On her days off you can find her relaxing in Prospect Park, trying the latest flavors at Ample Hills Ice Cream, and spending time with friends and family.

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