When Google bought Waze back in 2013, we assumed the plan was to integrate all that crowdsourced traffic data into Google Maps. It turns out that may just be phase one of a broader effort to put Waze at the center of your life through direct integration with Android Auto.
Google still hasn’t confirmed plans to include Waze in its dashboard operating system, but according to the Israeli firm it’s only a matter of time. Speaking to Mashable, Waze’s head of growth Di-Ann Eisnor outlined what the company has planned for Android Auto.
“What I’m excited about in the future is the data the car has with the data our app has,” she said, explaining that Waze could draw information directly from the vehicle’s own sensors. “When the car can begin talking to apps like ours… it gets very very exciting.”
So in the future, Waze will be able to offer traffic directions based on what other cars are reporting along with what’s happening in your own vehicle. In one example, the app tracks your fuel tank and guides you to the cheapest gas station at just the right time. Waze could also sense when your windshield wipers go up and use that information to track weather patterns.
Unfortunately, all of this is still at least a few years away. Google first needs to embed Android Auto directly into new vehicles. For now, the only way to try the software is through an aftermarket dashboard from Pioneer (pictured in the gallery above), but Google says the tech is coming from plenty of partners soon, including Acura, Audi, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Honda, Fiat, Hyundai, Kia, Jeep and more.