Renault announces the integration of Waze, the popular community GPS navigation application that provides hazard zone warnings, into its vehicles.
Loved by motorists with 20 million active monthly users in France, Waze is a community in-car navigation app. For the first time, a car manufacturer integrates it directly into its infotainment system: Renault set the ball rolling with its Google-based OpenR Link multimedia system.
“Renault is the first car brand to offer Waze directly on the car’s multimedia screen without having to activate your smartphone. We are sure that many Waze users will appreciate this new feature when driving the New Austral or Mégane E-Tech electric vehicles. This is clearly in line with our strategy to offer our customers an intuitive, immersive and connected driving experience.”Renault’s Digital Customer Experience Director Jerome Seror said on this occasion.
Renault integrates the Waze app into the Austral and Megane E-Tech Electric
The Waze app will be launched to start OpenR Link multimedia system with integrated Google supplying models Renault Austral and Megane E-Tech Electric. Therefore, the popular application will be able to be used directly on the 12-inch touch screen of the two latest models of the French manufacturer, which will offer users more comfort and security.
The app will therefore work without requiring a smartphone connection and provide access to real-time traffic information, favorite routes and saved destinations. Other functions of the infotainment system will be available in parallel, such as multimedia playback or vehicle configuration.
no need for a smartphone and its bulky accessories. #Waze offers with smart navigation software #Renault Integration with openR link on-board system: big screen, focused driving without notifications and no more suction marks on the windshield pic.twitter.com/WkNePDHhMG
— Renault France (@renault_fr) December 6, 2022
Renault and Waze: how to use it?
The Waze app for Renault is available in European markets for all Renault Austral and Megane E-Tech Electric customers equipped with the OpenR touchscreen and the OpenR Link system with integrated Google.
Users can easily download and install Waze for OpenR Link in several ways: either directly Google Play through the touch screen of the OpenR Link system in his car or through the mobile application MyRenault. The service is free to useand it is possible to create a Waze account or use an existing Waze account.
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Renault and Waze: Arrival in 2023
If the Renault Austral and Megane E-Tech Electric are the first models to be compatible with the on-board Waze app, other Renault models should be compatible by 2023:
“As more Waze users join us on in-car platforms and this type of technology continues to evolve, it’s important that we provide them with the best driving experience possible. That is why we are happy and proud to announce our partnership with Renault. The integration of Waze’s real-time routes, navigation and alerts into the display of the new generation of Renault vehicles ensures a smoother and more simplified driving experience. We look forward to bringing this new driving experience to many users around the world in 2023.”says Aron Di Castro, Director of Marketing and Partnerships at Waze.
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