If you’re driving an electric vehicle, ensuring you have enough charge to complete a road trip usually involves relying on built-in navigation from the automaker. Sadly, some OEM navigation systems can lag compared to Apple’s and Google’s offerings. Apple Maps fans today heard that they would soon be able to use the navigation device they prefer while driving an EV, which we say to: Your move, Google.
Apple announced an update to the Maps app coming with iOS 14 this fall at its annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) Monday. The maps will include EV routing with the new operating system based not only on the vehicle you are in but also on the environment you are driving in. Apple is actively working on electric-vehicle integration with Ford and BMW and said in the future it will include a lot more automakers.
For those using Apple CarPlay in iOS 14, the phone-based infotainment system will include parking and charging functionality, as well as a new function that gives the iPhone the ability to serve as a key to unlocking and starting vehicles that support it. Currently, it only works with the 5-series BMW 2020, but Apple says more vehicles will soon be added. Apple also says it will incorporate congestion and green zone notifications for drivers so they know where and how much it would cost to reach these areas. iOS 14 will be accessible to the general public. But next month a public beta version of the operating system will be available to anyone willing to embrace the unstable potential of the earliest updates.