Arnold Schwarzenegger talks exclusively about bringing his ‘Terminator Genisys’ voice to the Waze navigation app, a function users can select starting Monday.
Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.usatoday.com
TomTom started it several years ago with a huge range of voices from John Cleese http://www.tomtom.com/en_gb/shop/voices/john-cleese/ “You have arrived, I’m not going to carry your luggage for you” to local voices in the accent of your own country. They even had a competition in New Zealand to find the most Kiwi voice and sayings. TomTom voices include Darth Vader, The Simpsons, KITT from Knight Rider, Billy Connolly and Snoop Dog to name a few.
Now Waze is in on the act with Arnie. If it has more people aware of where they are going and what the traffic conditions are, I’m all for it. I do hope it is free, because I have to tell you that like all old jokes, it is funny for about a week, or until all your friends have heard it. As a draw card for Waze, it is up to them to ensure that new users then have a good experience with the routing and the information, because if not, they will be creating more people who say that it was kind of funny, but not very useful.
There are also those who say it is a mobile phone distraction. I would have to say that IMHO, someone who is getting instructions about traffic incidents and is able to route around them, even if they are laughing while they do it, could help reduce secondary accidents and congestion. It certainly hasn’t been shown to ever be a factor with the many dozens of voices TomTom offer to their navigation users.
Let me know what you think when you’ve tried it?