While quite a few carmakers out there load their vehicles with their own mapping system (or use third-party services), it’s hard to compare those against the navigation systems found on our phones, such as Google Maps, Waze, Apple Maps, and so on. This is because our mobile apps have the benefit of an internet connection, meaning that routes can be updated with real-time info.

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The good news is that if you were planning on buying Ford’s 2018 EcoSport, you will be pleased to learn that the company has announced (via GearDiary) that the vehicle will come with Waze integration. All users have to do is plug their phone into the car, and Ford’s SYNC AppLink will look for compatible apps on your phone, such as Waze. From there users will be able to use the app on the car’s larger infotainment display, which according to GearDiary can go as big as 8-inches, which is about the size of a mini tablet.

In addition to Waze, the 2018 Ford EcoSport will also integrate Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant into your car. This means that for the most part, all of Alexa’s skills can be accessed within your car, such as the ability to play music, read the news, check on weather and traffic conditions, create a shopping list, and so on.

According to Liz Halash, Ford Connected Vehicle & Services supervisor, “With the flexibility of SYNC 3, AppLink and smartphone access with FordPass and FordPass Connect, EcoSport customers can save time and energy in their day.”

Filed in Transportation. Read more about Alexa, Ford and Waze.

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