Allow useres an option for choosing that they are HOV lane compliant. This way you waze can give traffic feedback for us in the HOV lane.
Thank you for your suggestion! As you may know, Waze offers HOV routing for taxis. To change your vehicle type go to Settings > Vehicle type. There are currently no plans to add more HOV options.
I drive HOV in Virginia every work day. Yet it is NEVER an option for me (WAZE via Android Auto). I can't even search for the route, AND it doesn't show up when I'm in the HOV lanes (WAZE insists I get off). Virginia does not require HOV passes/tags/etc., just 3 occupants and today I was over 30 minutes late because of an accident in the HOV. But I wouldn't actually know it wasn't the best route because it's never an option anyway. But the weird thing is that my husband CAN get it as a suggestion (WAZE via Android Auto as well), and I can't find ANY setting in my WAZE app that would change that for me. So if I could just mark that somewhere it would be amazing.
WAZE keeps trying to force me into the HOV lanes, when I in fact have only one person in the car. On my route to work, every single route option provided is HOV. I do not qualify for HOV and I do not want any HOV routes. I desperately need to turn this off! Worse yet, even when I self select the non-HOV route, WAZE keeps giving the directions (e.g "Exit right") as if I were on the HOV lane. The directions are WRONG for the place in the road where I actually am but WAZE keeps giving me this bum steer. This is the most important issue for my commute and it is not a minor matter. It is also absolutely implausible that an app that prides itself on flagging even trivial things like a stalled car or a pothole on the route, cannot find a way to deal with this incredibly important practical issue. Reading the comments it is clear this has been an issue for a long time. Why is it not fixed?
Tell the Waze programmers that there is a thing called HOT and HOV. Email me if you need me to explain it.
Rk m commented
Plenty of ways to customize Waze for HOV... as a Maryland resident, I can ride my plug-in hybrid in Maryland HOV lanes but not in Virginia HOV lanes. Similarly a Virginia resident could ride in Virginia HOV abut not Maryland HOV.
I can use Waze on my phone on my motorcycle and be okay in both Maryland and Virginia HOV lanes.
I would very much like to be able to manage how Waze provides direction based on my HOV preference. At the moment I have to guess how quickly the HOV traffic is moving on my ride home and simply ignore whatever Waze is telling me about my route. It defeats the purpose of having real time traffic.
They just added HOV capability but it seems to only be for people with HOV Tags for clean cars. But HOV is also for cars with 2 or 3 passengers. They need to add an option to enter number of passengers so the new HOV functionality can be complete!
Allowing to opt out of HOV COMPLIANT lane would sure save this customer a few citations
Even from a non-selfish standpoint, when I'm using Waze in the carpool lane and going faster than the rest of the traffic, I don't want Waze to get bad data thinking the regular lanes are going faster than they are.
LIE Ed commented
How do they not have an HOV component yet? It is so frustrating! I never know if I should trust the re-routing advice. Sometimes I do and as I drive away I see the HOV lane zooming past the log jam. Ugh!
Kiira Jepson commented
I was taken to a HOV lane only on ramp and I am not a HOV driver. This was the only lane option to get on the freeway at this entrance. I had never been on this on ramp and thought there must be a regular driver lane next to it, there wasn't. It was Friday afternoon traffic and we were going pretty fast and I wasn't paying as close attention as I should have ( was in an important convo) and suddenly as I realized I'm in this "only" lane I couldn't make my way out of this lane and now I'm stuck in this HOV only onramp with a $461 ticket option waiting for me if I get caught by a cop. Thank god I did not, but I did get a ticket via the camera. Not only did this cause me undesirable stress while swiftly getting out of this lane before getting caught, but I'm stuck with $25 ticket, yes it's only $25, but would prefer not to pay this ticket at all. Please make an announcement, and stress this is an ONLY HOV lane or make it available o Waze to option in or out of HOV. Thank you
Is there a way to turn off the HOV lane option. I was in LA yesterday and Waze took me on a very long detour off of the free way to take me to the HOV lane. That would be great if I had an HOV privileges, but then I had to take another 20 minutes to get back on the regular free way. There should be an option to turn on HOV lanes if you have access.