SAN DIEGO—-Abalta Technologies, a leading provider of technology and infotainment solutions for the global connected car market, today announced that drivers will be able to access Waze, the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app, on in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems powered by Abalta’s WebLink software platform.
In-vehicle devices that feature Waze on WebLink will begin to roll out globally from multiple manufacturers at the end of the year. The company’s partners use Abalta’s WebLink software to create a virtual app screen streamed from a user’s smartphone into their car’s IVI system. Through these devices, WebLink will be one of the first opportunities for drivers in cars not equipped with Android Auto to access Waze through an IVI system.
“90 million drivers are hooked on Waze because it gets them where they’re going in the most direct and quickest way possible. We’re excited to bring that great experience from the phone to the cockpit through our WebLink platform, which works across smart device types and vehicle platforms,” said Michael O’Shea, CEO and Founder of Abalta Technologies.
Abalta brings all the pieces of the connected car experience together in one platform. Using the company’s WebLink solution, carmakers and suppliers can bridge the gap between consumers’ smartphones and vehicle infotainment systems, giving car owners access to all their favorite apps in an easy-to-use, customizable and platform-agnostic environment.
“This partnership with Abalta is all about satisfying the global community of Wazers and enhancing the driver experience by bringing the Waze navigation app into the head-unit of more vehicles,” said Paulo Cabral, Business Development at Waze. “In cars equipped with WebLink, regardless of device or region, Waze will be more firmly at the center of the connected car experience.”
The WebLink Host application from Abalta Technologies will be available for download in the Android Marketplace and Apple App Store. Once the app is downloaded, users can connect to their WebLink-enabled car head-unit to enjoy Waze and other apps.
About Abalta Technologies
Abalta Technologies creates and delivers world-class software products, solutions and services for the global connected car market. Working with automotive manufacturers, suppliers and content developers, we bring all the pieces of the connected car experience together in one platform, enabling our partners to offer car owners access to all their favorite apps and services in an elegant, easy-to-use and customizable environment. The company’s SmartLink product leverages the driver’s smartphone to bring connectivity to the car without adding any new hardware, while WebLink empowers car manufacturers and suppliers to create fully customized infotainment services that support virtually any app on the market. The company also provides custom development and app design services to a number of major partners. For more information on the company, visit www.abaltatech.com.
Waze is the social navigation pioneer, leveraging mobile technology and a passionate global community to redefine expectations of today’s maps. Waze is home to the world’s largest network of drivers who work together daily to outsmart traffic and save time and money. The app consistently recommends the fastest routes based on real-time driving and data from more than 90 million users. From traffic reroutes to low gas price alerts and relevant offers from favorite brands, Waze is one of the most comprehensive driving companions in the marketplace.
For Abalta Technologies:
Tom Huntington, 858-458-0760 x225