Ex-‘Top Gear’ hosts currently a voice option on Waze

Gelo Gonzales
The option to have Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May tell you where to go on Waze is part of the promotional efforts for their new show

ON TRACK. Former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson gestures as he arrives at the Ticketpro Dome for the Clarkson, Hammond and May Live Show held in Johannesburg on June 10, 2015. File photo by Stefan Heunis/AFP

MANILA, Philippines – Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May – formerly the hosts of BBC’s famous motoring show Top Gear – can be currently selected as voice options for the navigation app Waze. For fans of the show, it can be entertaining to hear the trio spew directions (or argue amongst themselves) – a slight reprieve from the infuriating metro traffic. 

After their long tenure on Top Gear, the 3 have since reunited on a new show, The Grand Tour, to be broadcast on Amazon’s video-on-demand service Amazon Video. The voice option is part of the show’s promotional efforts, with the show’s official Twitter account teasing the option’s arrival on a post dated November 14, 2016.

Waze users can activate the voice option by going to “Settings” and then “Voice language.”

Automotive blog Jalopnik has tried out the new option, which found it “actually quite charming” but that “as with most promotional voices, they don’t say street names, even for numbered streets.” Their verdict: it might be smarter to stick to the default voice options when navigating confusing street systems. – Rappler.com

Gelo Gonzales

Gelo Gonzales is Rappler’s technology editor. He covers consumer electronics, social media, emerging tech, and video games.