Waze takes you back to the future with 70s, 80s and 90s themes

Waze has added broad 70s, 80s, and 90s nostalgic vibes to its navigation app. You can now choose new “moods” to look like a groovy lava lamp on the map to other drivers and pair up with a peaceful flowery van on your own screen – all while getting soft-voiced instructions from DJs. Operator 70s.

You can also mix and match eras. You know, just in case you’ve been through them all. For example, you can switch to “compound”, which makes you a beige 90s all-in-one PC when riding in an 80s “Rad Racer” sports coupe (like in the 1987 NES game) and still get the 70s DJ Browser.

I had to go for the “Rad Racer” car, which has the same name as the 1987 NES game.
Rad Racer Screenshot: retrogameman.com

But, if you’d rather live only in the times you lived in, or if you’re a stickler for proper end-to-end themes, you can. For the 80s you have an aerobic workout voice and a “Pumped!” vibe that turns you into a retro boombox. You can also choose a convertible called “SUV4EVA” and have a teenybopper pop star drive you to your destination and verbally offer you an autograph when you get there.

Each voice has its own quirky lines as you arrive wherever you go: The ’80s aerobics instructor says, “Let’s practice again tomorrow!” and the 70s DJ explains it in depth with “I can’t join you from here, but life is a journey anyway.” I took a quick turn outside to see if I could get any other lines, and was not disappointed on a U-turn: a ‘me-turn’ is where I can choose what happens next,” said this 70s DJ.

Moods and choice of cars. It’s hard to choose between the boom box or the old school PC!

Waze has also partnered with TuneIn to bring 90s musical hits to American drivers while syncing with the app. UK drivers get 70s tracks and an 80s station will play while driving in France. These are the defaults, but nothing prevents you from jamming the entire Slippery when wet through Spotify.

To activate the features, tap My Waze in the app, then tap the banner labeled “Drive with the 80s”. It will be there for a limited time and is available in English, French and Portuguese. Waze has a lot of customization options beyond these. The company has added celebrity voices like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Morgan Freeman, and even fictional characters like Master Chief — warthog included.


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