Renault becomes first vehicle manufacturer to integrate Waze navigation

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The Waze navigation application can now be directly integrated into certain Renault models’ multimedia systems.

The integration of the application into the OEM’s OpenR Link multimedia system (which also benefits from Google integration) enables drivers and occupants to benefit from real-time traffic information, favorite routes and saved destinations on the vehicle’s eye-level screen without the need for a smartphone, increasing safety. Even when the Waze application is activated, users can still access additional in-vehicle features and music.

The latest navigation solution is available in Europe for all Nouvel Austral and Mégane E-Tech customers with the OpenR screen and the OpenR Link interface with integrated Google.

The Waze app can be downloaded and installed for OpenR Link directly from Google Play via the OpenR Link interface in a customer’s vehicle or from the My Renault mobile app. Once a Waze account is created, customers can use the application for navigation completely free of charge.

“Renault is the first car brand to offer Waze directly on the vehicle’s multimedia screen, without activating the smartphone,” commented Jérôme Seror, director of digital customer experience, Renault. “We are convinced that the large number of Waze users will appreciate this new feature when they drive the Nouvel Austral or the Mégane E-Tech electric. This is clearly in line with our strategy to offer our customers an intuitive, immersive and connected driving experience.”

“As more and more Waze users join us on in-car platforms and as this type of technology continues to evolve, it is important that we provide them with the best driving experiences,” said Aron Di Castro, director of marketing and partnerships, Waze. “That’s why we are pleased and proud to announce our partnership with Renault. The integration of Waze’s real-time routes, navigation and alerts into the screen of Renault’s next-generation vehicles offers a smoother and more streamlined driving experience. We look forward to bringing this all-new driving experience to as many users around the world as possible in 2023.”

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