Google Maps Updated With Support for CarPlay in iOS 12

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Google today updated its popular Google Maps navigation app, introducing support for CarPlay. With iOS 12, third-party mapping apps work with CarPlay for the first time, giving CarPlay users an alternative to the built-in Apple Maps app.


Prior to iOS 12, CarPlay users were forced to use the Apple Maps app as other mapping apps were not supported. Google's update release notes:
Things we're excited about: rainbows, puppies, and navigating with Google Maps on Apple CarPlay. Check it out to get the best of Google Maps right in your car's built-in display!
For CarPlay to work with third-party apps, those apps need to introduce CarPlay support through an update. Google is the first mapping app to have done so, but other apps like Waze and TomTom are expected to debut support for CarPlay in the near future.

CarPlay is available in the Google 5.0 update that can be downloaded from the iOS App Store starting today. [Direct Link]

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anthonyondre

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Google today updated its popular Google Maps navigation app, introducing support for CarPlay. With iOS 12

Article Link: Google Maps Updated With Support for CarPlay in iOS 12
I really love the concept and display design of Apple Maps but the features and reliability are so incredibly far behind Google it is embarrassing. Even though Google violates my privacy and sells my information (not their information, mine), having this tool is a good thing as it might get Apple to "cider or get off the barrel."
 
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moabal

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I am assuming there is no Siri integration? I sometimes have to get directions on the fly while I am driving. Having to press a microphone in Google Maps in Car Play is a distraction. Whereas, with Apple Maps I can just ask Siri to take me somewhere.

Obviously for some people Google Maps is better. But for those of us who deal with Apple Maps, Siri is a reason to stick with it.
 

rjohnstone

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About time!
Google map accuracy and driving directions are still better than Apple Maps.


Even though Google violates my privacy and sells my information (not their information, mine)
Little secret... Google doesn't sell any of your information. If they did that, they would have been out of business years ago.
What they sell are Ad slots BASED on your information and usage patterns. The info never leaves Google. ;)
 
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Loucifer

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It is a source of wonder to me that people still use Google anything.

It isn't just a matter of not caring about one's information being sold by Google, but of the aiding of the establishment of business models which predicate that functionality can only be had by relinquishing fundamental human rights, and, even more importantly, that one should not pay money for anything, no matter what the moral consequences are.

I want to pay for things because I don't want dodgy (shady, in US English) operators having to find morally dubious ways of generating profits, because those ways become the norm, and fund our workforce, and thus become the unholy glue which binds our increasingly selfish and unprincipled societies.

Increasing amounts of people worldwide depend for their livelihood on companies which operate under business models that rely on misinformation and obfuscation. The wealth of pension funds, financial markets and even whole countries, are incrementally connected to these companies, and regulators, investors, and citizens often can only watch as these companies make a mockery of their laws and social fabric.

I feel terrible because I yet lack the technical nous to completely erase Google’s presence in my life, mainly because other people's utter surrender to it make it difficult for me to interact liberally and seamlessly with other users, without jumping through a lot of hoops to avoid Google by proxy.

How anyone would actually allow any Google application to be directly installed on the devices they paid a fortune for, and which, although far from perfect, offer the highest protection available against the nefarious intents of companies like Google, Facebook, and of unscrupulous arrivistes, like Cambridge Analytica and others, is beyond my comprehension.


Apologies for the long comment. x
 

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It is a source of wonder to me that people still use Google anything.

It isn't just a matter of not caring about one's information being sold by Google, but of the aiding of the establishment of business models which predicate that functionality can only be had by relinquishing fundamental human rights, and, even more importantly, that one should not pay money for anything, no matter what the moral consequences are.

I want to pay for things because I don't want dodgy (shady, in US English) operators having to find morally dubious ways of generating profits, because those ways become the norm, and fund our workforce, and thus become the unholy glue which binds our increasingly selfish and unprincipled societies.

Increasing amounts of people worldwide depend for their livelihood on companies which operate under business models that rely on misinformation and obfuscation. The wealth of pension funds, financial markets and even whole countries, are incrementally connected to these companies, and regulators, investors, and citizens often can only watch as these companies make a mockery of their laws and social fabric.

I feel terrible because I yet lack the technical nous to completely erase Google’s presence in my life, mainly because other people's utter surrender to it make it difficult for me to interact liberally and seamlessly with other users, without jumping through a lot of hoops to avoid Google by proxy.

How anyone would actually allow any Google application to be directly installed on the devices they paid a fortune for, and which, although far from perfect, offer the highest protection available against the nefarious intents of companies like Google, Facebook, and of unscrupulous arrivistes, like Cambridge Analytica and others, is beyond my comprehension.


Apologies for the long comment. x
:rolleyes: Ok.

Anyways, excited to finally have Google Maps on CarPlay! Been waiting for this for quite some time.
 

Kaibelf

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Wow, google didn’t wait 800 years to update one of their apps. Of course, when it means they can vacuum up any kind of data, timely delivery becomes an actual thing for them.
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No need to apologize for length. You may want to apologize for lack of accuracy though. If you can't even get basic facts right, the rest is just... unnecessary.
Perhaps provide a counterargument rather than post useless smarm? I didn’t see much in that post that wasn’t quite true.
 

now i see it

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Untying Apple Maps from Car Play must have been a behind closed doors concession to get Car Play into the last big automaker holdouts (guess).
 

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Perhaps provide a counterargument rather than post useless smarm*? I didn’t see much in that post that wasn’t quite true.
Should probably take your own advice. Since you countered nothing in my quote. I noticed you left an equivocating "quite" in your response. Is that because you know (and you've participated in enough conversations to know) that the main premise in Loucifer's quote is not "quite" false, but completely false. Unless you want to claim that this has a hint of truth in it:
It isn't just a matter of not caring about one's information being sold by Google, but of the aiding of the establishment of business models which predicate that functionality can only be had by relinquishing fundamental human rights, and, even more importantly, that one should not pay money for anything, no matter what the moral consequences are.
The rhetoric in that snippet is bunk, and the entire quote deserved no counter argument; not from me at least. Snark was the best rebuke. The whole quote is mostly unrelated to the topic. It's an unfocused diatribe. Not sure what truth you saw in it.

*that word doesn't mean what you think it does. In no way was I attempting to ingratiate myself to Loucifer.
 
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kstotlani

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Question - will the car firmware need an update to use the new iOS 12 or is CarPlay compatible with any new iOS update?
 

kcslc

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Question - will the car firmware need an update to use the new iOS 12 or is CarPlay compatible with any new iOS update?
Think of CarPlay as an app built into iOS. The infotainment center basically just acts as a monitor for CarPlay, so new firmware for the car should be unnecessary.

So basically, yes. Cars which support CarPlay should support CarPlay for time and all eternity, unless apple changes the protocol with which phone and infotainment center communicate with each other.
 

kmkjams

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Untying Apple Maps from Car Play must have been a behind closed doors concession to get Car Play into the last big automaker holdouts (guess).
I think a lot of those holdouts were stubborn and trying to do their own thing baked in to their "infotainment" systems. Toyota was holding out for a while but has seemed to have given up and adding support for CarPlay.
 
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kstotlani

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Think of CarPlay as an app built into iOS. The infotainment center basically just acts as a monitor for CarPlay, so new firmware for the car should be unnecessary.

So basically, yes. Cars which support CarPlay should support CarPlay for time and all eternity, unless apple changes the protocol with which phone and infotainment center communicate with each other.
Thanks for your response. I was curious because I recently heard that car companies like BMW were going to charge a subscription fee to have CarPlay in their cars. Made me wonder if an update is required every time iOS is updated. Now the subscription service sounds even more crazy.
 

kcslc

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Thanks for your response. I was curious because I recently heard that car companies like BMW were going to charge a subscription fee to have CarPlay in their cars. Made me wonder if an update is required every time iOS is updated. Now the subscription service sounds even more crazy.
I could be wrong in how it works, but from what I can tell, based how my experience with it, it seems to be correct.

I think BMW can do that because their car “phones home” or some nonsense like that on a regular basis, and deactivates CarPlay if you don’t pay. Which is a complete rubbish business practice, if you ask me. But I don’t buy their cars so. Meh.
 
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BrentD

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I think a lot of those holdouts were stubborn and trying to do their own thing baked in to their "infotainment" systems. Toyota was holding out for a while but has seemed to have given up and adding support for CarPlay.
Exactly this. Like Chrysler wanting you go pay ~$600 to "activate" the navigation that was already built into your uConnect radio. The folks demanding CarPlay integration are finally winning out against the automakers charging ridiculous fees just to "turn something on" that's already built into your system.
 

holodoctor1

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Used this today- works well. I can’t get the microphone in google maps to work though. It appears to be “listening”, but never stops listening and never picks up any audio. Maybe it’s just me?
 
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