Waze Launches on Ford's SYNC 3 Infotainment Systems Through iOS AppLink

by

At CES in January, Ford discussed a new partnership with crowdsource navigation app Waze that aimed to bring Waze onto the touch screen of SYNC 3 vehicles through Ford's AppLink. That partnership has been fully realized today with Waze users worldwide now able to connect their iPhones to AppLink via USB and mirror Waze on their infotainment system.


This allows drivers to access their favorite Waze features when following a route, searching for a nearby gas station, and even reporting traffic accidents, all while their iPhone is safely stored and locked. Voice guidance and commands are available as well through a Ford vehicle's speakers and microphone system.

The SYNC 3 integration includes recent Waze app updates like "Talk to Waze" for voice controls, route support for carpool lanes, more accurate arrival times, and more. Waze's crowdsourced navigation features are fueled when users open their smartphones and begin driving, with people typically using iPhone mounts and other products to safely drive without holding their devices.

Ford executive Don Butler explained how partnerships between carmakers like Ford and GPS apps like Waze further improve the safety of driving thanks to reducing potential smartphone distractions.

“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 the new feature users will need SYNC 3 software version 3.0 or greater installed in the vehicle, as well as iOS 11.3 and the up-to-date Waze app downloaded on the iPhone. Ford encourages customers to head to its website for more details on Waze integration.

Top Rated Comments

(View all)
Avatar
32 months ago
If nothing else CarPlay needs to allow unrestricted mirroring so we we aren't dependent on Apple's "generosity" to fully utilize the device we paid for the way we want. If the app is good enough for approval in the AppStore then it should be available across all devices. Apple's insistence on closing the CP ecosystem to only those apps it wants to separately approve is ridiculous.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
32 months ago
I get that Apple is concerned about 3rd party apps on CarPlay but it's past time for them to open it up. I love using CarPlay but it just feels so intentionally hobbled. I hope this is the year that it gets some attention.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
32 months ago

If nothing else CarPlay needs to allow unrestricted mirroring so we we aren't dependent on Apple's "generosity" to fully utilize the device we paid for the way we want. If the app is good enough for approval in the AppStore then it should be available across all devices. Apple's insistence on closing the CP ecosystem to only those apps it wants to separately approve is ridiculous.

That defeats the purpose of CarPlay -to try to reduce distracted driver situations.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
32 months ago
Tried it, works, switched back to CP (which has been pretty flawless for me, even the early pre-production versions).

If the app is good enough for approval in the AppStore then it should be available across all devices. Apple's insistence on closing the CP ecosystem to only those apps it wants to separately approve is ridiculous.

That defeats the purpose of CarPlay -to try to reduce distracted driver situations.

I believe there's a good solution that's a compromise between your two posts: provide CP with an "open" publishing model like the AppleTV (probably the best comparison as it's a smaller market, with apps that clearly compete with Apple), however, provide very specific design guidance, and careful curation to limit apps that introduce anything that's potentially hazardous (again, smaller market, easier to curate).

There's no need for Apple to limit competing apps on their hardware platform (CP = iPhone), in fact, it's counterproductive - it's the same buyer motivation for an AppleTV (resulting in a hardware sale, more buy-in to the ecosystem) when the device allows them access to non-Apple content (Amazon PV, Vudu, Google/YT).

- Open up the SDK, provide a "store" (really just a CP compatible indicator/filter in the main app store ...)
- Document very specific requirements (they already do this ...)
- Curate carefully considering the use case of CP (reduction of distraction, more hands free automation)
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
32 months ago

I don’t see Apple ever allowing Waze in CarPlay. Three reasons:


* Waze is owned by Google and Google has a directly-competing in-car solution.
* Apple wants iOS users to use Apple Maps, not other map apps. They aren’t investing all that money into maps refinement and street view mapping for nothing.
* Waze encourages FAR too much driver interaction while driving. If you regularly use CarPlay like I do, you know that Apple went to great pains to keep interactions simple and to a minimum. The two companies aren’t going to see eye to eye on the acceptable level of functionality and interaction.

3 thoughts about this:

Waze is owned by Google. And because of this, the desire to restrict goes two ways. Apple as you said wants you to use Apple Maps. But Waze in service to their owners, does not want to offer the best experience on a iPhone within CarPlay. They have Android Auto for that.

Apple likely does not want a large number of CarPlay apps at this time due to the number of icons issue. If they allow you to add apps to the CarPlay screen (like you can with your phone) then you'd be back to "distracted driver". I hope people will remember that Apple is in a liability situation within CarPlay. If they allow you to do something in CarPlay and you become distracted while driving and have a accident- Apple could be liable. I am sure that is part of any CarPlay decisions.

As for Waze, the best answer for us as customers I believe would be for Apple to offer Waze like services within Apple Maps.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
32 months ago
Won't work on Sync 3 unless you manually switch off CarPlay. You can have CarPlay or Sync 3 apps. Not both.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Top Stories

'A New iOS Update is Now Available' Popping Up Repeatedly in iOS 14 Beta [Fixed: New Beta Available]

Thursday October 29, 2020 6:11 pm PDT by
Many users running iOS 14 beta are reporting that they are seeing a dialog box pop up repeatedly asking them to update from the latest iOS 14 beta. Threads in our forums, Reddit, and Twitter are reporting the issue. The dialog has been appearing for a few days now, but as of tonight has started appearing more frequently, every time an iPhone is unlocked. There's been further discussion in...

First iPhone 12 Mini Hands-On Video Surfaces [Update: Video Pulled]

Wednesday October 28, 2020 1:21 pm PDT by
Apple's iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 12 Pro Max aren't set to be available until November 13, but a Romanian YouTuber got his hands on the iPhone 12 mini and showed it off today, offering a size comparison between the iPhone 12 and the 12 mini along with going over some of the device's features. The iPhone 12 mini is identical to the iPhone 12 in design and functionality, but it has a...

Apple One is Now Available: Save Money by Bundling Apple Music, iCloud Storage, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and More

Friday October 30, 2020 7:47 am PDT by
Apple One bundles are now available in the United States and over 100 other countries, allowing customers to subscribe to multiple Apple services through a single plan, including Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, iCloud, and more. To sign up for Apple One on an iPhone: Open Settings App Tap on Your Name at the top Tap on Subscriptions Tap on Apple One The prompt for Apple One...

iPhone 12 Ceramic Shield Still 'Scratches at Level 6 With Deeper Grooves at Level 7' in Mohs Hardness Test

Wednesday October 28, 2020 7:10 am PDT by
iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models feature a new Ceramic Shield front cover that is "tougher than any smartphone glass," according to Apple, but the displays on the devices still have similar scratch resistance as previous iPhones based on a new test. Zack Nelson today shared his much-anticipated iPhone 12 Pro durability test on his YouTube channel JerryRigEverything, and based on the Mohs...

Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'More Exciting Things' in Store For This Year

Thursday October 29, 2020 2:20 pm PDT by
During today's earnings call for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2020 (third calendar quarter), Cook said that while he doesn't want to give too much away, "this year has a few more exciting things in store." Cook is likely speaking about the Apple Silicon Macs, as Apple has previously said the first Apple Silicon Mac will be coming before the end of 2020. There are rumors of a third fall event ...

2020 iPad Air vs. iPad Pro: Hands-On Comparison

Tuesday October 27, 2020 3:03 pm PDT by
Apple announced the new 2020 fourth-generation iPad Air in September, but the new tablets just started shipping out to customers last Friday. We picked one up and thought we'd do a hands-on comparison with the iPad Pro, which was last updated in March, because both tablets are about as powerful and share many similarities. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Design and ...

After Mocking Apple, Samsung May Remove Power Adapter From Galaxy S21 Box

Tuesday October 27, 2020 4:29 pm PDT by
Samsung's Galaxy S21, coming in 2021, may not include a power adapter or headphones in the box, according to reports from Korean media sites highlighted by SamMobile. Rumors earlier this year also said that Samsung was considering removing these accessories from future smartphone models, but that didn't stop Samsung from mocking Apple for selling the iPhone 12 models without a power adapter...

Apple Releases First macOS Big Sur 11.0.1 Beta to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]

Wednesday October 28, 2020 10:15 am PDT by
Apple today seeded a new macOS Big Sur 11.0.1 beta to developers for testing purposes, with the new beta replacing the existing macOS Big Sur 11 beta 10 update that was released two weeks ago. The macOS Big Sur beta can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center and once the appropriate profile is installed, subsequent betas will be available through the Software Update mechanism in...

Apple One Service Bundles Set to Launch Tomorrow, Fitness+ Coming This Quarter

Thursday October 29, 2020 1:39 pm PDT by
Apple in September announced Apple One, a new series of services bundles that will let Apple device customers purchase several services together in one package instead of separately, saving money for those who use multiple Apple service products. Ahead of Apple's earnings call, Apple CFO Luca Maestri told Bloomberg that Apple One is set to launch on Friday, October 30. Apple One Bundle...

PSA: Apple One Premier Bundle Only Available in US, UK, Canada, and Australia

Friday October 30, 2020 2:39 am PDT by
Apple's new Apple One series of services bundles launches on Friday in over 100 countries and regions, but the top Premier tier will be limited to the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada. The limited rollout of the $29.95 Premier tier is down to the fact that Apple News+ is currently only available in the above countries. Apple News+ is exclusive to the Premier tier,...