Way back in the day we used to upload voices to our hacked versions of TomTom to Pocket PC devices. Remember someone having Yoda speaking out the directions?
Now we’ve got Waze which, if you didn’t know already, is a rather clever community-driven traffic and navigation app. If you install it then you’ll see traffic issues that other drivers have flagged. What’s good about it is the precision – you can see just how far the traffic jam goes. Clever stuff.
I expect this will eventually blend into Google Maps / Navigation and it looks like bits have already, because Google seems to be getting scarily precise at telling me where the traffic is on Google Now / Google Maps.
Anyway, I digress.
How’d you like Arnold Schwarzenegger telling you where to go in Waze? Oh yes. Welcome to 2004 baby. Now you can get Arnie saying, “I need your clothes, your boots and your motorcycle” and “A phased plasma rifle in the 40-watt range” with an “The Uzi nine millimetre”.
All of this is in no way an attempt to promote the new Terminator Genisys movie( (KER-CHING), created by Paramount Picture and Skydance Productions (KER-CHING). It’ll be in your local cinema on July 2nd (KER-CHING). It’ll probably be pants, but either way they’ve managed to get Arnie to say something about the chuffing app. He totally wasn’t paid to say this..
From the first time I used Waze, I have wanted to lend my voice to it. The Terminator is the perfect machine to guide Wazers to their destinations.
Yeah. OK. Righty-ho. You’ve used Waze Arnold. Yeah? And you’re seriously a fan? Really? Riiiggghhhhttt… I’ll go with this, so dive into the press release below for more details.
Oh and by the way, they’ve got a live map which is really rather good, so if you want to check out how the traffic is right now, give that a spin too.
THE TERMINATOR TAKES OVER WAZE NAVIGATION
Waze brings Arnold Schwarzenegger to navigation app, directions given by The Terminator
London, UK – 16th June 2015 – To celebrate the release of the highly anticipated film “TERMINATOR GENISYS,” Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Waze (www.waze.com), have teamed up to give drivers around the world the ultimate voice navigation machine: Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator.
Starting today, users of the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app can select custom Terminator voice commands from the Terminator himself. The Terminator will give directions to user’s destinations and alert them if a T-1000 is spotted ahead. In addition, movie theater locations showing “TERMINATOR GENISYS” will be branded with the iconic red-eyed Endoskull, helping Waze users to see the film when it opens in theaters on 2nd July 2015.
“From the first time I used Waze, I have wanted to lend my voice to it. The Terminator is the perfect machine to guide Wazers to their destinations,” said Schwarzenegger. “Every single day on social media fans ask me to record my movie lines, so now I get to bring this classic role and my charming Austrian accent into their cars.”
“Arnold Schwarzenegger is truly a cultural icon as the Terminator, with a presence and voice so big he barely fits in the car,” said Julie Mossler, spokeswoman, Waze. “Celebrity voice prompts are one of our most popular features and a great way to add some fun to time on the road. We are thrilled to offer such an unmistakable voice and entertain drivers en route to the movies this summer.”
“Partnering with Waze is a fun way to bring the ‘Terminator’ to millions of fans all over the world,” said Megan Wahtera, SVP of Interactive Marketing at Paramount Pictures. ”Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator is one of the most recognizable and iconic voices and we are excited for fans to experience him in this unique way.”
The Waze app and special Terminator voice commands are free of charge. Wazers will be able to opt in to using the Terminator’s voice for navigation by clicking Settings -> Sound -> Voice Language.
“TERMINATOR GENISYS” opens in theaters 2nd July 2015.