Big news for Google Maps loyalists: Now, you can use your preferred maps when you plug your iPhone into your auto dashboard - assuming, of course, that your vehicle supports Apple CarPlay.
With Google Maps' update now out the door, users can enjoy all that it has to offer via a car's built-in touchscreen thanks to CarPlay and that's a great thing if you have a auto with such functionality. Nonetheless, it was an iPhone disconnect that left many drivers frustrated.
I expect to give this a spin and update you on my experience with third-party mapping apps in the near future.
Now, following this Monday's release of iOS 12, Google has updated its Maps app for iOS to version 5.0, so that iPhone owners can use it on infotainment systems. That worked fine, to a point, but we can all agree that it simply cannot compete with the best of the rest, especially Waze and Google Maps. That adds compatibility with CarPlay.
First in line to take advantage of the new integration is Google Maps.
First, download to the latest version of Google Maps from the App Store and you've been updated to iOS 12. You'll see your vehicle listed.
You obviously need an iPhone with iOS 12 on board in order for this to work. Google's other navigation app, Waze, is now testing its CarPlay version in beta. If you've searched for something on your laptop, for example, that should show up as an auto-suggested destination when you load up the app on CarPlay. Google-owned Waze is also supposedly set to make the leap to CarPlay too, though a specific date for CarPlay support hasn't been announced yet.