Ford and Waze Partner to Introduce New Features for iPhone Users
【Summary】The navigation app Waze has now partnered with American automaker Ford to introduce a new feature for the company's future customers. The car owners can now use Waze to project the application's real-time navigation and traffic service onto the touchscreen infotainment system offered in the company's vehicles.
The navigation app Waze has now partnered with American automaker Ford to introduce a new feature for the company's future customers. The car owners can now use Waze to project the application's real-time navigation and traffic service onto the touchscreen infotainment system offered in the company's vehicles.
This feature is facilitated by Ford's SYNC AppLink interface which also comes with voice command accessibility. Vehicles with Ford Sync 3 feature can use Waze to find traffic routes with optimum traffic conditions. The customers will also be able to report traffic accidents and find cheap gas prices near them.
The users can integrate their cell phones to Ford's SYNC AppLink interface through the vehicle's USB port. Once the application is open on the car's touchscreen display, users can use voice command to carry out different tasks with the help of the vehicle's microphones and speaker system.
The company has commented that integration of this feature is another step towards driver safety which is achieved by enhancing hands-free control of the driver's mobile device. The interface also gives drivers the convenience of a larger display.
The voice command feature comes as a courtesy of the recent Waze software update which includes the talk to Waze feature which can command the application to carry out a wide range of tasks. This will include the ability to report areas with heavy traffic congestion and traffic collisions.
This feature also takes into consideration carpool lanes and provides dedicated route support, other navigation options and more precise arrival times to the occupants of the vehicles.
The more accurate arrival time is generated by the global community of drivers which use Waze application and update traffic conditions on the map in real time. This feature is exclusive only to Apple iPhone users and comes with additional functionalities like planned drives, alternative routes, talk to Waze voice command and several other features. This feature is only available on iOS 11.3 and in vehicles which come with SYNC AppLink 3 software with version 3.0 or greater.
To ensure that the data gathered by Waze users is updated instantaneously, the company uses crowdsourcing technology to procure data about traffic conditions from its users which enables the application to provide drivers with accurate driving directions. By using the voice command feature, the users can simply assign the desired destination to the application and leave it open to contribute drive data to the application's user community.
Drivers also have the option of participating more actively in the process by reporting on hazards, traffic collisions, climatic obstructions, detours which are unknown in form of a traffic update. Drivers can also share their driving data with their friends which will allow them to monitor the driver's time of arrival.
By sharing data not only will Waze users improve the conditions of the commute for the fellow drivers, but they can also help each other save money by sharing cheap fuel prices offered by gas stations which are in close vicinity to other drivers.
Manish Kharinta is a automotive writer based in the Los Angeles area. He has worked for automotive industry websites TheSmokingClutch.com, CarDekho.com and CarBikeindia.com. His experience ranges from covering auto shows, to car reviews and breaking automotive news. Manish aims to bring forth his unique perspective on automotive design and technological innovations in the automotive industry.
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