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Goal! Take your next drive with a soccer commentator

As the most widely viewed and followed sport in the world, soccer (or, if you’re not American, football) is a global sensation. The sport unites communities in an epic competition that celebrates country pride and sportsmanship. And now, for the first time ever, Waze is giving drivers everywhere a way to get close to the soccer action and represent for their favorite team and country.

With voice navigation inspired by soccer commentating styles around the world, each turn, hazard and exit will feel like high-stakes action on the pitch. You’ll hear things like “Take the first exit. Then it’s onward to glory!” and “Hazard reported ahead. Getting through that defense could prove tricky.” In Brazil, we even voiced the experience by Luva de Pedreiro, a fan favorite and the most-followed soccer commentator on social media in the country.

Take a drive in the Automoball, a car outfitted for ultimate soccer fans. And don’t forget to share your national pride with a Mood representing your favorite country as they traverse the tournament rounds.

Score our soccer experience by tapping “My Waze” and “Drive with Luva de Pedreiro” for our Brazilian-based users, or “Drive with a commentator” for the rest of the world. Or you can use our links to access the Luva experience and our commentator experience (in English, French and Spanish).

Drive with Zombies (or run from them) this spooky season

As October 31st nears, spooky season is upon us. And it’s brought Zombies to Waze. Starting today, enter a Zombified Waze world on your next drive. You can choose to team up with an expert escapist to avoid the Zombies, or take your chance and get to know a member of the undead with a Zombie itself.

Activate your voice navigation to adventure with the Survivalist by your side to learn the best skills for staying away from the slow-moving menaces. You’ll ride with all the gear you need for surprises along the way when you change your vehicle guide to the Escapemobile, and show off your strength to other drivers with the Survivalist Mood.

If you’d rather a Zombie guide your way, select the Zombie voice navigation and find out if the rumor that these monsters think with their brains is really true. Switch to the Zombie Mood to show your allegiance to the misunderstood undead. And to get the full zombified experience, swap out your navigation arrow for the Zombieombile.

Activate the Zombie experience by visiting Waze or clicking “My Waze” in your app. Tap the “Drive with Zombies” banner to activate. Available globally with voice navigation in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Brush up on your office lingo with Biz Jargon voice navigation

As the sunny summer days come to a close, it’s time to take down your out-of-office email response, dust off your keyboard, and get back to business. Waze is here to help you brush up on your office lingo – the good, the funny and the ridiculous. Inspired by offices everywhere (both virtual and physical) the latest experience from Waze pokes fun at the people we can all become at work — acronym-slinging, jargon-parroting, catchphrase machines.

Starting today on Waze, you’ll be able to set “Biz Jargon” as your voice navigation for some relatable (maybetoo relatable) laughs as you hear “Make a U-turn: Or what I call ‘circling back’” or “Sorry, I was on mute, are we waiting for anyone else?”

Select your business-time Mood when you choose between Productive, Unproductive, All Business or Business Casual. And don’t forget to update your vehicle to a Paper Airplane — otherwise known as our Interoffice Memo — to set the full office mood.

Activate the Biz Jargon experience by visiting Waze or clicking “My Waze” in your Waze app and tap the “Drive with Biz Jargon” banner to activate. It’s available globally, in English (US & UK) and French, for a limited time.

Go on an epic adventure with Netflix’s “The Sea Beast”

Craving a different type of drive this summer? Go on a high-seas adventure without stepping off land. Activate Waze’s latest driving experience, inspired by Netflix’s newest movie,The Sea Beast.” (Check out the trailer and the film on Netflix July 8.)

Starting today, you’ll meet the dynamic duo of Maisie, a precocious stowaway, and Blue, a little beast with a huge mischief streak, and revel in the unlikely comedy of their friendship as they help you navigate every turn you take on Waze. And don’t worry: Maisie will help translate Blue’s sounds for you. You’ll also get to know some other Beasts that they find on their journey when you choose between three new Moods: Blue, Red and Yellow. Don’t forget to swap your vehicle for a Lifeboat, to get into the true adventurer’s spirit.

With Sea Beast Mode activated, get ready to explore the world together, on a journey full of surprise, wonder and funny banter — because where the map ends, the adventure begins.

If you’re interested in seeing the magic in real life, Netflix is hosting a series of experiences across the U.S. at aquariums, museums and more to celebrate the launch of The Sea Beast.

For a drive that takes you to the seas, visit Waze or click “My Waze” in your Waze app and tap the “Turn on Sea Beast Mode” banner to activate. It’s available globally, in English, for a limited time.

Waze helps Tour de France shift up a gear

Waze is activating a first-of-its-kind partnership and sponsorship with the Tour de France and the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift to improve your experience at every stage of the race, in and outside the car.

For the first time in the race’s 109-year history, the Tour de France and the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift will join Waze’s Global Event Partner Program, harnessing the power of the app to make it easier for both locals and spectators to experience the event, from start to finish. As the Official Traffic Manager of the race, we’ll provide tools, data and insights, not only helping drivers but also athletes, fans and more.

Plan your journey around more than 4,000 kilometers of road closures, locate temporary parking lots and monitor live traffic speeds as you navigate the action using Waze. From Copenhagen to the Champs-Élysées, Waze’s volunteer map editors will equip you with the real-time insights you need to outsmart traffic along the way.