Ford‘s Sync is one of the best in-car infotainment systems we’ve ever used. Waze is one of the best navigation apps thanks to its simple interface and crowd-sourced real-time alerts for accidents, roadblocks and other things that unexpectedly slow our journeys. So imagine our delight when we heard they’re combining forces. Waze will be available on Sync 3 from April this year.
The partnership first got a mention at CES in Las Vegas in January, but it’s only this week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that Ford’s committed to a timeframe. The new feature is made possible thanks to Ford Sync AppLink, which lets drivers use supported apps on their Ford’s touchscreen. This means it’s also possible to use the app via Sync’s support for voice commands.
AppLink is also to thank for additional apps that are making their way to Sync 3. Among them, Acast, a podcast app that goes way beyond standard podcast app features like offline download by including features like recommending podcasts based on your commute time. No word on how it knows what sort of podcasts you like, though. Other apps in the works include Cisco WebEx (so you can participate in meetings while stuck in traffic — frankly, this one’s a little tough to get excited about) and BPme (which lets you find BP petrol stations near you, but which we suspect won’t work in South Africa).
Buy a 2018 Ford and Sync 3 will support Waze from the get-go. If you’ve already got a Ford with Sync 3 you may need to do an update (whether over-the-air or via USB) to enable Waze.
“Waze works as a personal heads-up from 100 million of your friends on the road – and now that will include the many Ford drivers who will be able to safely access our app while on the move through the car display,” says Jens Baron, Waze’s product lead for in-car applications.