Waze in-built into car for first time

The Google-owned crowd-sourced navigation app Waze is being added automatically to cars with Google built-in.

The new in-built app is rolled out on selected Renault vehicles, with drivers having all Waze real-time routing, navigation and alerts, plus settings, preferences and saved places, built into their car display.

“As more drivers engage with in-car platforms, Waze continues to follow drivers’ needs, wherever they go,” the company says in a statement. “Now, Waze is venturing into the future of transportation: an embedded, wireless experience, built into the car infotainment system and rolling out in cars with Google built-in. The new dedicated Waze app for cars brings the best of Waze real-time navigation, routing and alerts featured right in the car’s display. When you drive, you can experience safer and more convenient journeys while eliminating the hassle of using a smartphone. You no longer require a USB cable to connect or a phone dock to keep your device in place.”

The integration is available to drivers of the new Renault Austral Hybrid and Renault Megane E-Tech electric vehicles in Europe.

“As more Waze users engage with us on in-car platforms and we see advancements in in-car technologies, it’s important that we bring the best driving experiences to our users, which is why we are thrilled to announce our partnership with Renault,” says Aron Di Castro, Director, Marketing and Partnerships at Waze. “Having Waze’s real-time navigation, routing and alerts built into the display of Renault’s vehicles, makes for a simplified and seamless driving experience. We’re looking forward to bringing this excellent driving experience to more users across the globe in 2023.”

“Renault is the first car manufacturer to offer Waze directly on the vehicle’s multimedia screen, without activating the smartphone,” says Jerome Seror, Director of Digital Customer at Renault. “We know many Waze users will enjoy this new feature when they drive the Nouvel Austral and Renault Megane E-Tech electric as part of our continued commitment to offer our customers an intuitive, immersive and connected driving experience.”

The app is accessed either directly from Google Play in drivers’ Renault vehicles or from their My Renault mobile app.

(Picture – Waze)


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