Waze has added the Cantonese dialect as a voice navigation option which will be rolled out in stages. The latest inclusion of the Cantonese dialect was part of a community effort by Waze users worldwide including Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and China, to help make the app more inclusive.
The new language option was put together within two months, with the Waze localisation team adapting and adjusting the simplified and traditional Chinese languages on the app to Cantonese. The team also selected a Hong Kong-approved Chinese language voice to ensure precise pronunciation and directions to give drivers a clear and secure driving experience. Among the list of languages currently available on Waze include English, Malay, Spanish, Russian, French and Polish.
A+M has reached out to Waze on its marketing efforts for the new update.
Last month, Waze named former GM of Society (now rolled under the Reprise banner) Kelvin Sim as country manager for Malaysia, focusing on growing the business and establishing local partnerships to improve the driving experience for all Malaysians. Sim is also responsible for promoting community engagement to address transportation challenges. The appointment is part of Waze’s move to strengthen its position as Malaysia’s go-to platform for bringing together communities on and off the road.