If you use Waze and ever need to take your eyes off the road to control your music along with your maps, a new update will start that will allow you to spend more time driving and less time playing around with this touchscreen. Mac rumors Report it Waze is starting to roll it out Support for Apple CarPlay Dashboard, which will allow you to see directions on the CarPlay home screen, along with media controls, calendar events, and more. When I heard about it, I ran to my car and sure enough, the Waze directions appeared on the main screen.

Waze directions and music controls, all on one screen.

The company began testing the feature beta Late last month, But CarPlay Dashboard has been around for Apple Maps users since the launch of iOS 13 (although it has only been open to third-party developers since iOS 13.4). Inclusion is a driving safety gain, as the golden rule of the vehicle UI is essentially to “look at and touch the screen as little as possible”.

Before this update, if you wanted to change the song that was playing, you would have to go to the Music app, hit the Next button, then return to Waze. This can be anywhere from 3 to 6 taps on the screen, depending on whether Waze is present in the app launcher on the side. That’s a lot, especially if you’re driving 70 miles per hour. Now, you can have Waze, the next turn that you need to play, the music controls on the same screen, and changing the song will only take one click.

In line with safety, the update also includes lane guidance, a feature that lets you know in advance which lane you should be in for your next turn or highway exit. This should help reduce the “I gotta be four lanes in a quarter mile” moments that get me stuck at times. Happy (and safe) driving!

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