Waze for Android Auto was launched last year as many users requested. It was a great alternative to Google Maps. Today, you can download Waze’s standalone Android Auto app on your Android device, too. The news was announced on the Google Product Forums. Unlike the previous release, this one is for drivers who don’t own an Android Auto compatible car. It works in the Android Auto app on your phone and uses a slightly enlarged and easier to use UI.
I will quote Don from the Android Auto team here – using the standalone app, you’ll be able to:
Navigate to all your most frequented destinations as pre-programmed in your Waze app in one tap—we’re talking home, work, and your Waze favorites.
Start any drive using the voice command “OK Google” to tell Waze where you want to go, keeping your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.
Receive visual and audio alerts to keep you informed of what’s ahead and find the fastest routes on a larger map with bigger views of alerts, hazards, and more.
Access your personalized Waze experience.
Easily view your ETA Panel, which organizes everything you need in one place so you can seamlessly check alternate routes and adjust your sound settings.
Help other Wazers on the road by sharing accidents, road hazards or traffic jams through a visual reporting menu.
So, as you can see, the implementation is basically fully featured to ensure that you get the best experience while driving. The Android Auto app requires Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher and is currently available in 31 countries. It will probably replace Google Maps’ navigation for some users. What do you think about Waze? Let us know in the comments.