Renault First to Embed Waze into its Infotainment Systems

Renault is the first global automaker to embed the crowd-sourcing navigation application Waze into its upcoming model range.

The popular smartphone navigation app will be directly integrated into the vehicle’s multimedia system. The integration into Renault’s OpenR Link infotainment, which also hosts Google, promises to offer drivers greater comfort and safety.

Without reaching for the smartphone, the driver has access to real-time traffic information, favorite routes and saved destinations on the eye-level screen. Other vehicle features and music remain accessible, even if Waze is activated. This new experience with Waze is available in European countries for all Nouvel Austral and Mégane E-Tech electric customers equipped with the OpenR screen and the OpenR Link interface with integrated Google.

Customers can 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.

Jérôme Seror, director of digital customer experience at Renault, said: “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.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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