Google Maps Update Helps EV Drivers using Android Automotive. Several automakers plan to incorporate Android Automotive into their vehicles over the next few years, so the company is slowly making headway.
Naturally, Google Maps update helps play an integral role in the company’s automotive platform. Given recent trends in Electric Vehicles’ popularity, the search giant has recently updated the app with some new, exclusive capabilities geared specifically toward EV drivers.
Battery Information is Important
The significant change here comes in including battery information, both on the app display and in the route decision tree process. For example, routes that feature EV charging stations would give preference to routes that don’t offer such accommodations to an EV driver. That is a detail that means the difference between making it to your destination on time or having to frantically scramble to find a charging station on a route that’s ready for the kind of vehicle you’re driving.
If route selection is just between those two factors (prevailing road conditions and the availability of charging stations), making a selection would be easy. However, there’s a dizzying array of other data that the map AI considers, including the type of EV you’re driving, estimating the range, the current amount of charge in your battery, and spending time recharging.
With so many factors at play, finding and recommending an optimal route can be a daunting task indeed, but the Android Automotive system does it all in the blink of an eye. They provide a highly customized, personalized route recommendation based on a wide range of factors that vary widely from one driver to the next.
Mapping the EV availability is the kind of innovation we’ve come to expect from Google. Kudos to the search giant for yet another job well done, and we look forward to seeing Android Automotive in a wide range of vehicles in the years ahead.