Starting today, we are there: you no longer have to rely exclusively on the often-wayward Apple Maps, as the newly launched iOS 12 update and a fresh Google Maps update bring the directions app to CarPlay-equipped cars.
When Apple announced that iOS 12 would enable Apple CarPlay to work with third-party navigation apps, including Google Maps, all we could repeatedly ask was 'Are we there yet?' This brings native support for using Google Maps navigation, search and much more directly in your auto that supports iOS CarPlay devices. Easy. Well, it would if your hire vehicle let you use Google Maps.
Now update the Google Maps app if it hasn't automatically done so on your phone. And that's not almost as much fun, especially if you're driving one of those vehicles where CarPlay costs hundreds of dollars extra. The latest version of the app supporting CarPlay will be displayed on the screen and you are good to proceed from there.
You can search for locations, get real-time information on traffic jams and delays, check alternative routes, and more.
iOS 12 is available to download right now for a score of iPhone and iPad models. Last year, Google added a different "find parking" option in 25 US markets that reveals parking lots and garages near your destination once you type in that address. However, Waze last week invited beta users to test its CarPlay-support app. Baidu maps is also expected to come to CarPlay.
Once done, go to Settings General CarPlay on your iPhone and select your vehicle.
This meant the inconvenient Apple Maps could no longer be bothered about by Apple customers.
Google Maps for iOS has been updated this morning and with it brings one of the most anticipated updates: Google Maps support for Apple CarPlay.
Google Maps gives you the ability to navigate to search results, such as places of interest, which is unlikely to be the case with your conventional in-car satnav.