Earlier today, Waze reported that I started beta testing CarPlay integration. We now have a beta version of a screenshot of the Google Maps app with CarPlay integration (a new feature available on iOS 12).
Third-party navigation apps on iOS 12 are overlaid with the standard CarPlay control, using the base layer rendered in the app. You can see how it works in the screenshot below.
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As shown in these screenshots, the Google Maps application icon uses the sidebar navigation slots. This is until iOS 12 is only available in the Apple Maps application.
Arrows and map tiles are rendered by Google using the Google brand and visual design language. Obviously, the underlying data source is also from Google. You can see the map in both map creation mode and satellite mode. There is a D-Pad control for manually panning the map and a microphone button for voice search.
The application uses the CarPlay standard toolbar control to add destinations and access the setting screen. On the setting screen, there is a full-screen display frame where operations of well-known grid layouts such as toggle to avoid highways and tolls are displayed again. Additions include recent searches, important places such as home and work, operations related to POI such as gas stations.
Unfortunately, access to the beta version of Google Maps is relatively limited. The roadmap for publishing these functions has not yet been announced. Users need to upgrade their device to iOS 12 which supports all devices that can run iOS 11. Next, we need to wait for the third party map application to release the update to the new App Store integrated with the new CarPlay API.
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