Waze

Will Waze work with Apple's CarPlay?

Episode 1411

Corey from San Pedro, CA
Waze

Corey wants to know if Waze can be used on her Hyundai's Android Auto screen. Leo says Waze just got out of beta for Android Auto. But Corey has an iPhone, which uses CarPlay. He knows that Waze is in beta for CarPlay, but it's a bit tricky to install it. Check out Carplaylife.com for tips on how. Currently, it won't display on CarPlay, and Google has no plans to do so.

How can I get my maps app to show my preferred routes?

Episode 1404

Jim from Huntington Beach, CA
Waze for iOS

Jim is annoyed with Waze because it always redirects him away from his preferred route just to save a few seconds. He only wants a new route if the time savings is substantial. Leo says that it would be great if he could set a preferred route, but most just allow users to choose fastest routes or shortest routes. He can select "don't allow dirt roads or difficult intersections." Leo says he usually just ignores an odd route and Waze will simply recalculate.

How can I get Google Now to open Waze instead of Google Maps?

Episode 1388

Mike from Orange, CA
Waze

If Mike goes into the app settings, he can make Waze his default navigation app. He'll also want to get rid of Google Maps, or at least disable it. He may need to go into the Google Now settings as well. If he goes into the Waze settings, he can tap on "Open supported links" and select "Open in this app."

This worked for Leo, but Mike is on a Samsung Galaxy S8, so it's conceivable that Samsung has done something to prevent him from being able to change that default.

Why does AM radio signal seem to be weaker than it used to be?

Episode 1384

Tom from San Dimas, CA
Waze

Tom is a truck driver and relies on AM radio for traffic conditions, but he's had more difficulty picking up stations lately. He's wondering if the stations aren't broadcasting as strong of a signal these days. Leo says that the signal should be just as strong. The way that we hear AM radio over a long distance varies on the weather, because the signal is actually skipping off the atmosphere as it's traveling. When the atmosphere is just right, it will skip off of it and enable him to hear distant stations.

Should I pay to keep updating My Ford Touch?

Joe from Santa Clarita, CA

Episode 1204

Joe has to pay $150 a year to have his MyFordTouch apps updated. Why should he do that anymore when Waze is in real time? Leo agrees. There's a huge mismatch between how long it takes to build and update a car as an app. Ford no longer supports My Ford Touch and Ford Sync, since that was a Microsoft product. Instead, Ford got app developers to write for them. And the new generation has both Apple (CarPlay) and Android (AndroidCar). They're using the phone as an extension of the car and as such, updates will happen over the air. Unfortunately, it's only with new models.

How can I offer GPS tracking of pets?

Episode 1096

Glenda from Orange County, CA
Glympse

Glenda is a dog walker and she wants a GPS tracker that her clients can access so they can see where their dogs are. Leo says that's a nice idea. Most smartphones can do it, and there's a great app called Glympse she can use. It's on Android and iOS she can share her location in real time on Google Maps. Waze also has GPS tracking.

Garmin also has GPS trackers for dogs that she can place on dog collars.

Google Buys Waze for $1.3 Billion

Episode 986

Waze is a really cool maps app with social media. Now, there's word that Google is buying Waze for $1.3B. That's quite a windfall for not only the developers, but the venture capitalists that have invested heavily into it. Leo says Google will incorporate Waze into Google Maps to make it even better. Leo says that it's also equally likely that, like YouTube, Google will just let Waze be Waze.