UPDATE (4/6/18): Ford Australia has confirmed that the Waze function is available Down Under. See bottom of article for details.
Ford North America has announced a new function of its Sync 3 infotainment system – it can now project the Waze navigation app from an iPhone.
Using the Sync AppLink system, owners can plug their iPhone in using the USB port and view the app's real-time traffic and navigation service on the touchscreen, and control it via voice commands.
Other features of the smartphone application include road incident updates and fuel prices, along with route support for carpool lanes.
"Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for people to access the smartphone features, apps and services they care about most in the car, without having to pick up their device," said Don Butler, executive director for connected vehicle platforms and products at Ford Motor Company.
"With Waze, our customers get the benefits they’re accustomed to with the added luxury of experiencing them on a bigger screen."
For the uninitiated, Waze is a crowdsourcing-powered navigation app that gathers information about road conditions from users – who can share reports from the road, including notifying others of accidents, hazards or route changes that were previously unknown.
To access Waze on AppLink, users need Sync 3 software version 3.0 or later installed in their vehicle, along with iOS 11.3 and the Waze app installed on your iPhone.
Ford's local division has confirmed with CarAdvice that the Waze app projection feature is available to Australian customers with Sync 3-equipped cars now.