Mobile navigation application Waze has now broadened its reach, extending into Android Auto-equipped cars, joining sister navigation app Google Maps. As of yesterday, the mobile navigation app can be used in a suitably equipped vehicle via its infotainment display, touch screens, steering wheel buttons, and other controls within the vehicle’s cabin.

This enables the use of a variety of Waze functions, such as starting a navigated drive with voice commands, access personalised Waze settings via the vehicle’s larger screen, view and adjust one’s ETA Panel which shows alternate routes and audio settings for the app, as well as helping other Waze users via a visual reporting menu.

This follows the rolling out of Android Auto for mobile devices running the Android operating system, which saw the v2.0 update enable its usage without a compatible in-car infotainment setup. At time of launch, the marques supporting Android Auto include Audi, Chevrolet, the Fiat Chrysler brands (excluding Ferrari), Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Nissan, Volkswagen and Volvo.

At present, Android Auto still isn’t available in Malaysia via the Google Play Store, which means keen users will have to side-load the app from an external source. When it does eventually become available in Malaysia, Android Auto will have a considerable Waze user base waiting for it; we are ranked with the highest number of Waze users in South-East Asia, and among the top five globally.