Originally, Apple locked the CarPlay navigation card to Apple Maps but with the iOS 13.4 update, which unlocked exciting new iPhone features as well, it unlocked the feature for third-party developers as well. It was up to the app developers to implement dashboard support for their navigation apps. Many, including TomTom Go and Magic Earth, have already rolled out their support for Apple CarPlay Dashboard integration. Google Maps is one of the most widely used navigation apps on CarPlay, so Google was eagerly expected to add this feature to its app. And it finally has.
Maps and Dashboard
The search giant was not rushing things. It took Google months to finally roll out its latest update that allows users to play or pause songs from their favourite media apps, check calendar entries without leaving Google Maps’ turn-by-turn navigation in their CarPlay Dashboard.
The new version of the Google Maps app will be rolling out gradually to users across the world.
At the same time, Google has also rolled out an updated Apple Watch app for Maps, especially useful for those with pre-saved destinations, while others have the option to start navigating on their phones and continue on the Watch.
Google Maps is perhaps the most widely used navigation app on CarPlay (reflecting its popularity on pretty much every other platform) mostly because of its rich feature set – and its head start. Apple Maps is catching up when it comes to some features, including small-city mapping data but it still has a long way to go.
How about Waze?
According to AutoEvolution’s Bogdan Popa, Google is not in such a rush to roll out the same update for Waze. Apparently, the search giant is working on a series of important updates for the navigation app, including Lane Assist, rolling out support for CarPlay Dashboard is not one of them.
Waze is expected to receive Dashboard support sometime in the second half of this year – no sooner than September, probably – with beta users expecting to see the feature roll out as early as the end of August. The schedule is, in turn, fluid at this moment.
Waze is another Google product that’s surprisingly popular on CarPlay, perhaps because of its crowdsourced information offered in real-time about road closures, speed traps, not to mention its sleek interface and high levels of customization. Support for Dashboard was one of the most asked-for Waze features ever since Apple gave developers the possibility to use it. Hopefully, it won’t be long before it’s rolled out in the final version of the app.