And other automakers may follow suit.
In-car infotainment systems are becoming way more advanced. A decade ago, it was considered high-tech for a car to come with GPS navigation that would actually reroute you through traffic. Today, infotainment systems can do everything from allowing you to post on social media to actually letting you buy things right from your car. The advent of Android Auto and Apple Car Play has done a lot to make infotainment systems more advanced, but some manufacturers still refuse to give up control over how their infotainment systems work.
Ford is not one of these companies, which why why its Sync 3 is one of our favorite infotainment systems at any price. Sync 3 already lets you use Google or Apple Maps with Android Auto and Apple Car Play, but it will now give users another way to help navigate through traffic. At the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, Ford announced that it will be the first manufacturer to offer Waze on its infotainment system. The Waze app will function with Ford's AppLink technology, which will still require users to plug their phone into the car through a USB port. This update will come in the coming weeks on 2018 Ford models and will also be available through an over-the-air update for Ford owners with Sync 3.
Waze is a fantastic navigation app that already had millions of users before it was acquired by Google in 2013. The app helps navigate drivers around traffic using data from other Waze users. Drivers can even mark when they see police that are sitting on the side of the road using radar in order to alert other users. Up until now, Waze users had to use the app on their smartphone, but it will now be fully integrated in their car. Ford may be the first to introduce Waze into its cars, but Toyota is rumored to working on adding it to its Enform and Entune systems, which would be a much needed upgrade.