Here in the Philippines, Waze is an app that every driver and commuter is accustomed to. Even if many of our cars have built-in navigation, we tend to use Waze most of the time due to the app being able to deliver timely updates regarding the traffic situation in a certain road. However, for the most part, Waze was only available through our smartphones, which meant a smartphone mount is in need in order for drivers to see the map within their field of vision.
What may seem as good news to many motorists, especially those with SYNC3-equipped Fords, the app can now be projected through the screen of their Ford’s SYNC3 infotainment system seamlessly.
Waze works through crowdsourcing to gather road information from different road users who are using the app. For example, once the app detects that the car is travelling slowly, the user will be prompted to ask a question whether they are experiencing traffic or not. This information is then relayed to all the users of the app, and once the app knows which roads are congested, it then offers alternative routes to other drivers. Users can even help each other get additional savings by sharing fuel prices as they travel, allowing people to navigate to the cheapest nearby station.
To use, customers simply 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 now conveniently access the app’s features on a larger display and have voice guidance through their own vehicle speakers and microphone system.
“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.”
In addition to the ability to report 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. Features also include route support for high-occupancy vehicle lanes (carpool lanes), providing additional navigation options and more accurate arrival times.
“We’re excited drivers of Ford SYNC 3-enabled vehicles will now be able to use Waze for iOS right from their dashboard, getting access to features like planned drives, alternative routes, talk to Waze voice commands and more,” said Jens Baron, product lead, in-car applications, Waze. “They’ll also benefit from the best routes and most accurate ETAs, thanks to our global community of drivers on the go who update the map in real-time – helping our mission to one day eliminate traffic.”
Accessing and using Waze on SYNC AppLink in your Ford vehicle
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 the Waze app downloaded on your phone. Visit ford.com for a complete set of instructions. Users can also update their SYNC 3 software to the latest version by visiting the Ford owner page.