Google Maps & CarPlay

Discussion in 'HomeKit, HomePod, CarPlay, Home & Auto Technology' started by Ralfi, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. Ralfi macrumors 68000


    Dec 22, 2016
    Google Maps is on the top of my most wanted list for CarPlay (in my private vehicle).

    Does anyone think it'll make its way onto the interface?

    I use it daily in my work vehicle (non-CarPlay) as it has more accurate ETA's/traffic, route redirection, an earlier turn prompt with precise lane suggestion & has great cross usage from mobile device to PC browser (Chrome), allowing saving of Favourites to sync across every interface.

    All it lacks is the Speedometer of Waze, but that should eventually make its way in as Google seem to update their Maps with significant features, regularly.

    Please get my hopes up & tell me it's possible for Google Maps to come to CarPlay!? ;)
  2. randomplaydo macrumors member

    Oct 9, 2014
    I seriously doubt that Apple will allow third party nav apps on carplay any time soon, if at all. It's one of those quirks like not allowing us to set non-apple apps as native for email or browser.

    Obviously, I can't speak to your experience in Australia, but here in Boston, MA (USA) I've found that Apple maps has definitely caught up to Google maps in terms of routing. What I've noticed though is that with Apple maps it overestimates the travel time - i.e. I've put the same location in apple maps and google maps and it gave me the SAME exact route, but two different ETA's for getting there. Google's was more accurate, but in reality Apple didn't take me any longer than google did.

    Another thing I've seen is that when setting the priority to "quickest route" in Apple maps, it will often take me off the beaten path. Google maps seems to prioritize shortest route over quickest, even when it's not the fastest way to get somewhere. So Apple will have me drive, literally, around the city instead of straight through it because I'll still save 4 or 5 minutes with the extra distance included since there's no traffic the way it sends me. It's weird, but I'd rather save time than go in a straight line that takes forever.
  3. Ralfi thread starter macrumors 68000


    Dec 22, 2016
    Reason why I hold faith is that the iPhone didn't originally have Google Maps (nor YouTube) included for some time, but they eventually succumbed & had those Apps added to the App Store........
  4. AllStarMe441 macrumors newbie


    Apr 18, 2017
    I'm considering making the switch to android simply because I hate apple maps so much. It regularly gives me incorrect directions (either destination or route) it often has trouble finding local restaurants (and instead gives me directions to similarly named places in other cities) and doesn't have many of the features of google maps (lane suggestions, etc). Anyone on here have any experience with android auto?
  5. harlenmm77 macrumors 6502

    Nov 5, 2016
    Yes. It works much better than Apple car play. I'm considering connecting my old nexus 5 to my car and creating a hot spot every time I get in the car just so I can get google maps back. Although I will admit that Apple maps is much nicer to look at than google maps.
  6. StuBFrost macrumors member

    Apr 1, 2016
    Manchester, England
    I find google maps to be rubbish for displaying traffic in the uk. I leave the house early for work and it shows me traffic issues all over the place but I drive past them and see no traffic. It basically shows where traffic is likely to be later on which is no use to me.

    Apple maps on the other hand gets it traffic data from Tomtom so only shows where traffic actually is.
  7. Ralfi, May 7, 2017
    Last edited: May 7, 2017

    Ralfi thread starter macrumors 68000


    Dec 22, 2016
    Can we not turn this into a childish IOS v Android thing...

    Apple Maps gets the basics wrong - a GPS program should have the ETA/Distance to Location displayed all the time. Instead Apple decided to replace this information with the 'next turn' info for much of the trip. In order to view those key details, you need to turn Guidance off....very puzzling decision this.

    Apple Maps is also too late with its final repeated turn instructions. This is particularly detrimental when coming up to a busy intersection & you don't hear the 'turn right into____ street' until it's too late to merge onto the only right turning lane...Google Maps repeats this turn instruction much sooner & has better lane selection instructions also.
  8. buckZor macrumors newbie


    Sep 19, 2012
    To the point of the topic I too support the freedom of choice, hopefully Google Maps adds CarPlay support.
  9. Manatlt, May 22, 2017
    Last edited by a moderator: May 23, 2017

    Manatlt macrumors 6502a

    Aug 26, 2013
    London, UK
    Not Google's fault. Point to Apple.
  10. CTHarrryH macrumors 68000

    Jul 4, 2012
    Google and Apple aren't the best of friends - I wouldn't blame either one but maybe both
  11. danwells macrumors member

    Apr 4, 2015
    The incredible annoyance of this (at least where I live) is that Apple Maps has no offline capability. I'd be happy to pay for a mapping app that did (and use up phone storage for the map), because the places I get lost are generally where there isn't cell service. There are plenty of mapping apps that let you cache maps, but CarPlay is Apple Maps only, and it is the only current mapping app that has no caching at all (except on an active route)... I want to be able to cache a state or two worth of maps (most of northern New England), so I can create new routes or just see what's around without worrying about the frequent service dropouts.

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