Waze’s next-gen navigation cruises onto CarPlay

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Waze CarPlay
The long wait for Waze on Apple's CarPlay in-dash system is over.
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For too many years, the only navigation application for CarPlay users was Apple Maps. But iOS 12 changed that. Last week, CarPlay users got access to Google Maps. And now the rival Waze is an option.

This means that all three of the most popular turn-by-turn smartphone navigation titles can be used with Apple’s in-dash system.

Waze & CarPlay

The news comes from no better source: Noam Bardin, Waze’s CEO. He took to Twitter to say “Finally launched @waze for @apple Carplay. With iOS12 and the latest Waze version you can have your Waze app on the bigger screen, in your car.”

As Bardin points out, this requires an iPhone running iOS 12 and the version of Waze released late yesterday. And a vehicle with CarPlay, of course.

Like Google Maps, Waze is a Google product. It says something about the reach of Apple’s in-dash system that this company felt the need to bring both of its navigation apps to CarPlay.

More about CarPlay

CarPlay is one of Apple’s least-known major products. This in-car system attempts to simplify common iPhone tasks for drivers. “CarPlay takes the things you want to do with your iPhone while driving and puts them right on your car’s built-in display. You can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music,” according to Apple.

CarPlay is built into in over 400 automobile models from companies including Ford, Chrysler, Chevrolet, Volkswagen, Honda, Toyota, Subaru, BMW, Hyundai and more.  Alternatively, Pioneer, Kenwood and others sell CarPlay-compatible aftermarket systems.

A recent study found that CarPlay is less distracting than your car’s built-in infotainment system. And people like it better than the rival Android Auto.