Waze Bug Makes Support for the CarPlay Dashboard Pretty Much Useless

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One of the biggest updates Waze has received this year is support for the CarPlay dashboard, which means the app can now run side-by-side with music players and phone calls on the multi-view screen.
But as many discovered the hard way lately, Waze now seems to be plagued by an occasional bug that causes the car icon to be shown in the middle of the screen, or even worse, at the top. This makes it impossible to see the map reports along your route.

In other words, given the car icon isn’t displayed at the bottom of the maps card on the dashboard, you can no longer see what’s ahead, as the available map estate has been reduced substantially.

I noticed the same behavior on Waze for CarPlay in my car too, and by the looks of things, this doesn’t seem to be related in any way to the iPhone you use to power the whole thing. I use an iPhone 11 Pro, but I’m seeing similar reports from iPhone 12 and iPhone XS owners too.

Others claim a similar bug happens even when running Waze full screen, with the car icon again displayed at the middle of the map.

For the time being, however, the Waze team is yet to acknowledge the issue, so it’s hard to tell if a fix is coming or not. However, given the number of reports in this regard is increasing, there’s a good chance Waze developers will look into the whole thing and come up with a fix rather sooner than later.

In the meantime, there’s not much you can do to fix this yourself, but as I said, the whole thing appears to be happening randomly. What worked for me was to disconnect the iPhone from CarPlay, manually close Waze on the smartphone, and then reconnect the device to restore the expected behavior on the dashboard.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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