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Google’s Waze launches navigation app for car dashboards

Waze is bringing its navigation and traffic monitoring app to more than 100 models of car as it expands its satnav software beyond smartphones.

The app will be available in cars that use Android Auto, Google’s dashboard software, including models from BMW, Vauxhall, Renault, Ford and Volkswagen made in 2015 or after.

Waze, which is owned by Google and has 85 million users worldwide, offers route guidance using map data, travel times and traffic information. It can also advise drivers of incidents on the road and provide the latest fuel prices. Unlike traditional satnavs, which require large map downloads to operate offline, Waze updates in real time through smartphone data connections. It works with voice control and sends audio and visual traffic alerts.

Automated cars won’t be allowed in India, says Indian Minister

Indian government has denied the possibility of having self-driven cars on Indian roads because it doesn’t want to promote any technology or policy that will make people jobless, said Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport and Highways.

“No driverless cars will be allowed in India. The government is not going to promote any technology or policy that will make people jobless,” he said.

Gadkari said the country has a shortage of 2.2 million drivers and added that driving skills can provide employment to around five million people.

“Cab aggregators like Ola and Uber are making money by using our driving skills. If cab aggregators think they can make more money by introducing technology like driverless cars and render people unemployed, the government is not going to allow it,” he said.

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