Let Morgan Freeman narrate your commute as a GPS navigation voice
The voice of God (in Bruce Almighty) can show you the way … to wherever you're trying to drive.
Is the idea of driving around in circles while a GPS system robotically pesters you to "take a U-turn … take a U-turn … take a U-turn …" more annoying than covert movie ads on your smartphone?
Let the smooth, dulcet tones of actor Morgan Freeman's voice guide your journey instead. You may still have to deal with gridlock, but at least you'll be entertained.
On Monday, Google's free navigation app Waze announced that it had updated its roster of specialty voices in the U.S. to let drivers enlist Freeman as "their new executive copilot."
Voice aside, however, it's not actually the Oscar-winning actor doling out directions for Waze – it's U.S. Vice President Trumbull, a character Freeman plays in his upcoming film London Has Fallen.
Every turn, veer and exit you need to make while the GPS navigator is in "English (US) – Morgan Freeman" mode will be delivered as though you, the driver, are president of the United States.
You'll also get a handy/obnoxious reminder on your phone when the film hits theatres on March 4 and, according to Waze's blog, Freeman's voice will "guide you the theatre to see his new movie."
Under the "settings" tab in Waze's iOS app, Canadian users can only currently select between six different English-language voices – two men's, two women's, one called "boy band," and a KFC-sponsored Colonel Sanders voice.
Speak Portugeuse? "Tigre Tony" is also available to Canadians as part of a Kellog's promotion – but, sadly for our country's Freeman fans, Waze's London Has Fallen voice is exclusive to the U.S.
There are other ways to make the actor narrate your road-trip Shawshank Redemption-style, though. Garmin GPS has been offering a "Morgan Freeman" option for £1.99 as part of its Celebrity Voices package since 2013, and while that particular voice is only an impression, dozens of celebrities have produced their own real GPS tracks over the past decade.
Everyone from Arnold Schwarzenneger to Spongebob Squarepants can say they've done GPS voice-over work, and some can still be called upon to navigate your drive, depending on which system you use.
VoiceSkins, which produces "licensed real celebrity GPS voices for TomTom," added Snoop Dogg to its roster alongside Dan Castellaneta as both Homer Simpson and Mr. Burns in 2009. Since then, dozens of famous voices have been made available to TomTom users, including Burt Reynolds, Kim Cattrall, Bugs Bunny, Mr. T and Darth Vader.
Elsewhere online, you can find more obscure voices – most of them impressions – on sites like PIG Tones (Politically incorrect GPS), which boasts characters like Beavis & Butthead for several different navigation systems.
Not into celebrities or celebrity impressions? You can also record your own voice to be used in a GPS navigator using Garmin's Voice Studio – though if the way most people react when they hear themselves in a voicemail is any indication, you might not want to.