One of the most used apps in Malaysia, Waze helps thousands of road users to get to their destinations on a daily basis. And now, Waze is finally available on Android Auto next to Google Maps. Waze was initially in a private beta mode and now it is available for everyone who has Android Auto in their cars.
Recently as I took a rented car in Italy and France, the car was equipped with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Apple CarPlay forced me to use Apple Maps while Android Auto allowed me to use Google Maps. Sadly I couldn’t use Waze and had to rely on my Garmin GPS instead. At times when I did manage to use Waze, the data again wasn’t accurate as there are very little users in France especially and the estimated time of arrival wasn’t exactly accurate. Still, I am glad that Waze is now available on Android Auto and the good thing is that the interface is similar to that on your mobile app.
Ease of use will depend on the car manufacturer themselves on where they have planned out their whole dash system and entertainment unit as well as touch screen. While Apple CarPlay and Android Auto hasn’t really been in the spotlight as habits prevail where people still mount their mobile phones on their dash or windscreen, adoption of using Waze will still take some time on Android Auto let alone users who drive cars without any system in place.
Google has released Android Auto as an application for the mobile phone as well especially for users whose cars do not have the type of head units that support newer technology.
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