In 2016, Ford wisely decided to offer Apple’s CarPlay and Android Auto on all its Sync 3 infotainment system-equipped 2017 vehicles, and owners are seeing more benefits from that at CES 2018. Ford announced that it now supports Waze’s traffic and navigation app directly from your iPhone. After you plug it into any of the vehicle’s USB ports, the app will appear on the Sync 3 touchscreen, letting you control it from there or use voice commands.
Waze, owned by Google, gathers traffic information from you and shares it, telling others if there’s a traffic jam along with your route, for instance. You can be even more helpful by directly relaying unknown accidents, construction, and other issues. Waze’s navigation system can then help you pick the quickest route, tell you about HOV lanes, relay your arrival time to friends and family and even find the cheapest gasoline nearby.
As long as you keep your Waze iOS app updated, you’ll have the latest version of a Sync 3 car, which is one of the benefits of Ford’s wide-open system. It also unveiled Alexa support at CES 2018, giving you voice-controlled music, news, and 25,000 other skills. It’s odd that the automaker didn’t mention Waze Android support since Google owns both Android and Waze, but we’ve reached out for more info.