Renault’s new Google-based, 12-inch vertical-screen infotainment system will soon offer full integration with live mapping app Waze without relying on smartphone mirroring.

The new function is now available in Europe in the Renault Megane E-Tech EV and Renault Austral SUV – both running the company’s Google-underpinned OpenR Link multimedia system.

This is in lieu of running it through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, already available.

Customers download and install the Waze app for OpenR Link directly from Google Play via the touchscreen, or from their My Renault app. Renault claims to have thereby become the first car brand to offer the Waze application directly integrated into a vehicle’s multimedia system.

Waze, a subsidiary of Google, overlays driving maps with real-time traffic information kept updated by user inputs, and offers nifty functions such as GPS speed tracking. It claims to have 20 million active users a month in France alone.

“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 Waze’s director of marketing and partnerships Aron Di Castro.

“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.”

The news deals with Europe, however the Megane E-Tech EV is on track to arrive in Australia before the end of 2023, while the Austral SUV is understood to be under consideration for a local launch.

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