Apple WWDC: Electric vehicle routing options added to Apple Maps in iOS 14
Apple Maps is getting a bigger upgrade as part of iOS 14 than Apple CarPlay. The mapping app, which has to compete with Google Maps on users phones, is getting a host of significant additions with worldwide user implications as announced at today's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).
The iOS 14 version of Apple Maps will include guides from companies including Zagat and AllTrails. it will provide suggestions for users looking to lessen their carbon footprint.
Maps now includes guides for users.Photo courtesy of Apple
Cycling is added to the list of transportation options. With this choice, users are able to get a route that includes bike lanes, paths, and roads. The system takes changes in altitude into account, as well as the traffic situation on roads (busy vs quiet). Users can denote whether they want to carry their bicycle up stairs as part of their route or avoid stairs altogether. This addition rolls out to New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Beijing first. Additional city rollouts are planned.
Electric vehicle drivers can choose EV Routing for their Maps usage. Using that option, Maps will track your vehicle's current charge and will keep track of which chargers your vehicle is compatible with to ensure when you stop to charge, your vehicle is compatible with what's available.
Technology that takes into account restricted driving zones is currently in development.Photo courtesy of Apple
The route mapping system also takes into account electric range and charging stations to find the optional route.
EV Routing functionality will first roll out in the BMW i4 as well as the Ford Mustang Mach-E.
Further, Apple is working on a solution to integrate Congestion and Green Zone information and support into the app allowing for alternative routes for cities that restrict travel for some drivers in certain areas. These types of restrictions are typically found in Europe and Asia.
EV charging is now considered as part of route mapping. Opting for that functionality shows where charging is along your way.Photo courtesy of Apple
At WWDC, Apple also announced a new NFC solution called ACarKey, which allows owners to use their phone as a key to get into and operate their vehicle, as well as a refreshed version of Apple CarPlay.