Waze Introduces Cantonese As Its Latest Voice Navigation Option In Malaysia

Get directions to your favourite locations with the latest language option from Waze in cantonese

Waze, the platform bringing together communities on and off the road, today announced that it has added the Cantonese dialect (粵語) as a voice navigation option that’s being rolled out in stages starting from today.

In a typical community effort by Waze users from all over the world, today’s latest inclusion of Cantonese was made possible by Waze users. Including those from Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Singapore, United States of America, United Kingdom and Malaysia, who all volunteered their time and efforts to help make the app more inclusive.

It’s not an uncommon sight to see Malaysians communicating in different languages, including our own combination that we affectionately term ‘Malaysian rojak’ – which often times combines Bahasa Malaysia, English, Chinese dialect and even Tamil!

This is one of the things that make us uniquely Malaysian: we take pride as colourful linguists who use a wide variety of languages and dialects in the more light-hearted moments of our daily lives which reflect our rich culture, heritage and identity.

A New Language Option in Just 2 Months!

With active support and recruitment efforts from the community, the team behind Waze was able to swiftly put together the new language option in a span of just two months.

The quick turnaround was proudly achieved by the Waze localization team who adapted the language from the existing Chinese languages, working together by adjusting Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese to Chinese HK. 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.

With Cantonese language as an addition to the improved Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese languages and voices released earlier this year, Chinese-speaking drivers will now have an improved driving experience with plenty of choices to pick from.

Waze now has more than 50 languages available. Download and test Waze out for yourself on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. For more information, please visit www.waze.com.

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