Published on December 27th, 2022 | by Subhash Nair0
Renault 1st Car Brand To Integrate Waze Navigation Into Vehicle Multimedia
Renault brings the Waze app right into their OpenR multimedia system.
Renault has teamed up with popular navigation app Waze to plug the service directly into the company’s cars, well some of their cars anyway. Waze will be integrated with the OpenR link multimedia system in the Renault Austral and Renault Mégane E-Tech electric.
Both vehicles come with a 12″ display, giving more than enough screen real estate for the use of the Waze app. The screens are portrait oriented as well, which is ideal for navigation.
This news come around the time we hear that Waze has been integrated into Alphabet’s Geo division.
Here’s the press release with more.
Renault has become the first car brand to offer the Waze application directly integrated into the vehicle’s multimedia system. The integration of Waze into the OpenR Link multimedia system with integrated Google and therefore visible on the 12-inch vertical screen of the All-new Austral and Mégane E-Tech electric naturally offers drivers greater comfort and safety. Without using a smartphone, the driver has access to real-time traffic information, favourite routes and saved destinations on the eye-level screen. Other vehicle features and music remain accessible, even if Waze is activated. No need to worry about your smartphone or USB cable!
This new experience with Waze is available in European countries for all All-new Austral and Mégane E-Tech electric customers equipped with the OpenR screen and the OpenR Link interface with integrated Google.
How to access the application?
Customers can easily download and install the Waze app for OpenR Link either directly from Google Play via their OpenR Link interface in their vehicle, or from their My Renault mobile app. Customers can then create a Waze account or use an existing Waze account for safe driving, always free of charge.
“Renault is the first car brand to offer Waze directly on the vehicle’s multimedia screen, without activating the smartphone. We are convinced that the large number of Waze users will appreciate this new feature when they drive the All-new 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.“
Jérôme SEROR, Director of Digital Customer Experience, Renault
“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. 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.”
Aron DI CASTRO, Director of Marketing and Partnerships at Waze