Waze Android Auto hands-on: The reason for Android-in-the-car

Ask any Android Auto user what app they’ve been most eagerly awaiting, and the answer will probably be Waze. Sure, Google Maps is one of the best navigation apps around, but for the true road warrior there’s no replacing its speeding ticket-saving cousin. The good news is that Waze for Android Auto is here, and I’ve been testing it out to see if it was worth the wait.

Waze, if you’ve been living under a navigation rock, is a crowdsourced traffic, hazard, and general road condition platform. While the maps may be supplied by Waze-owner Google, the metadata – whether that be a slowdown further down your route, or a closed road – is provided by reports from other Waze users. Where that gets interesting is when they tag police cars or speed cameras: effectively, Waze becomes the 21st century version of a trucker’s CB network.

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