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Waze gets built-in car app for the first time

Waze gets built-in car app for the first time


Two new Renault cars will be the first to get a dedicated Waze app with real-time routing, navigation, and more.

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Waze on a new Renault vehicle.
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Waze is launching a dedicated app on two new cars with Google built in. It’s the first time Waze has been available as a standalone app in cars, thanks to Google’s embedded Android Automotive OS. It means drivers can access Waze’s real-time routing, navigation, and more, without the need to connect a smartphone.

All of the usual Waze alerts, navigation, and routing options will be available on dedicated displays inside new Renault Austral Hybrid and Renault Megane E-Tech electric vehicles in Europe.

Two new Renault cars will get Waze built in

Renault’s openR link multimedia system will now include the dedicated Waze app, and the system also integrates with Google services like Google Maps, Google Assistant, and Google Play to allow you to select music or change temperature with your voice, plot routes, and even control your smart home devices from your car.

Renault is the first car manufacturer to offer Waze directly on a vehicle’s multimedia screen without the need for a smartphone, but it certainly won’t be the last. Polestar, General Motors, Chevrolet, and Volvo all offer similar Google integration thanks to Android Automotive OS, with Honda set to use the embedded Android system soon too.

“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,” says Aron Di Castro, director of marketing and partnerships at Waze. “We’re looking forward to bringing this excellent driving experience to more users across the globe in 2023.”

Waze has been increasingly focused on in-car improvements in recent years, with deeper CarPlay integration, support for Apple Music, and even some nostalgic ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s vibes appearing earlier this year.