Social network-based Waze adds Android Auto support

Waze, the crowdsourced data-based navigation app, now works with Android Auto. The Israeli company behind Waze, which was famously acquired by Google for circa $1 billion in 2013, says it is aiming to see its app used on the infotainment screens of today’s cars as well as on its native smartphone screen. Waze claims to offer better traffic information than big-name navigation apps, and in real time. The app gets its data from 95 million registered Waze users, who update the map if they see traffic jams, diversions or – controversially – speed traps and police officers. W

Waze says that courtesy of Android Auto support drivers will be able to use voice commands to start their journey, have Waze remember favourite destinations, and use the vehicle’s steering wheel buttons and other controls.