Ford and Waze have teamed up to bring the traffic and navigation app to the automaker’s lineup via the iPhone.
To use, customers simply have to connect their Waze-equipped iPhone to the USB port of their Ford vehicle and view the service as it is projected onto the vehicle touch screen.
With Ford SYNC AppLink, users can access the app’s features on a larger display and also have voice guidance through their own vehicle speakers and microphone system.
In addition to the usual stuff like reports on heavy traffic, accidents and fuel prices, Ford’s integration of Waze includes recent app updates such as “Talk to Waze”, which lets you control the app via voice command.
Other key features also include route support for high-occupancy vehicle lanes (carpool lanes), providing additional navigation options and more accurate arrival times.
“Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for people to access the smartphone features, apps and services they care about most in the car, without having to pick up their device,” said Don Butler, executive director, connected vehicle platform and product, Ford Motor Company.
“With Waze, our customers get the benefits they’re accustomed to with the added luxury of experiencing them on a bigger screen.”
To access Waze on AppLink in your Ford vehicle, you’ll need SYNC 3 software version 3.0 or greater installed in your vehicle. You’ll also need iOS 11.3 and Waze installed on your phone.
Available globally through Ford SYNC AppLink, Waze users can simply plug their iPhone into a SYNC 3-equipped vehicle and project the app directly onto their vehicle touch screen.