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VIDEO: See Waze on Ford cars with Sync 3 screens and control it by voice

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Waze users globally can now project the app’s "real-time traffic and navigation service onto the touch screen in Australian Ford vehicles via SYNC AppLink, and control it through voice command".

Waze is a Google-owned GPS navigation and traffic app that offers the features that Google Maps doesn't, and is not only extremely popular, but is now available on-screen via iPhones and Androids. 

If you're the owner of a Ford SYNC 3-equipped vehicle, you'll now get easier access to features including finding efficient traffic routes, locating cheaper petrol prices and reporting traffic accidents.

To use this handy new feature, all you need to do is to make sure Waze is installed on your iPhone, which is simply connected to the USB port of your Ford vehicle and view the service as it is projected onto the vehicle touch screen.

If you're an Android user, we're told that you can access Waze via the Android Auto capability of Ford SYNC 3.

Through using the Ford SYNC AppLink service, you're now able to "conveniently access the app’s features on a larger display and have voice guidance through their own vehicle speakers and microphone system".

George Christopoulos, who is Ford's senior applications engineer for Infotainment, said: "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.

“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 petrol prices, Ford proudly boasts its "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".

Jens Baron, the product lead for in-car applications at Waze, said: "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.

“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.”

As Waze users already know, optimal driving directions and traffic updates are delivered via Waze's crowdsourcing feature that gathers information about road conditions from all of its users.

You can simply type in your destination and drive with the app open to contribute data to Waze’s community of users.

At the same time, "people can take a more active role by sharing reports from the road, including notifying the community of accidents, hazards or route changes that were previously unknown".

By working together, "the aim is for people to help each other improve the quality of their commute. Waze can help commuters avoid congested roads in favour of other routes, or see when their friends are expected to arrive at their destination. Users can even help each other save a few dollars by sharing petrol prices as they travel, allowing people to navigate to the cheapest nearby station".

Now, it's true to say that all of this is available simply by using Waze on a phone in a legal phone cradle in your car, which I do as I don't have a car with a built-in modern screen, but for those who have splashed out on a new car, smartphone integration is nowadays a standard feature – and having it all on your in-car screen is so much more convenient!

So, to access and usie Waze on SYNC 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.

A complete set of instructions is available at the Sync 3 section of Ford's website

Here's a video from the DPCcars YouTube channel showing how it works:

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