Skip to main content

Apple Maps’ new EV feature aims to eliminate range anxiety

Range anxiety is still a thing for some owners of electric vehicles (EVs), and Apple wants to help.

Launching in the fall as part of iOS 14, Apple Maps will offer iPhone-owning drivers a new EV-routing feature that aims to make it a lot easier to plan stops to recharge your car’s battery.

The software will track your current vehicle charge and even take into account things like elevation to work out the best time and place to stop. The upcoming feature will also know which type of charger works for your car, enabling it to route you to a compatible station.

For the features to work to their full potential, Apple needs to work with automakers, with BMW and Ford already liaising with the tech giant to help make it happen. More are expected to sign up soon. If you want to know more about Apple’s features, you can check out our guide on what Apple CarPlay is.

For all drivers, Apple said it will be adding icons to Maps showing speed cameras and red-light cameras to warn drivers as they approach — a feature that’s been on Google Maps for some time.

Another boost for Apple’s once-lambasted Maps app is coming in the form of directions tailored to cyclists (yes, Google Maps has long had this covered, too). Available at launch for select cities such as New York and San Francisco, the feature lets you simply tap in your destination to find the best route using bike lanes, paths, and roads. Elevation, busy streets, stairs, and steep passages will also be highlighted to help you better plan your journey.

Finally, a new Guides recommendation is also coming to Maps that aims to surface great ideas for places to visit when you arrive at a new location.

Apple made the announcements at its annual WWDC event, which kicked off on Monday, June 22. The coronavirus pandemic means that the developer conference is an online-only event for the first time in its history.

Want to find out more about the coolest features coming to your iPhone in the fall? Digital Trends has you covered.

If you’re a longtime Google Maps user but want to know what Apple has been doing to spruce up its Maps app in recent years, Digital Trends has a useful comparison piece.

Editors' Recommendations

Trevor Mogg
Contributing Editor
Not so many moons ago, Trevor moved from one tea-loving island nation that drives on the left (Britain) to another (Japan)…
The 5 best new features in iPadOS 14: Sidebar, better call notifications, more
iPad Pro 2020 Screen

Apple’s virtual Worldwide Developer Conference for 2020, brought a slew of new offerings to the table, including improvements for its iPadOS platform. iPadOS 14, will be inheriting features from its smaller sibling, iOS 14, including customizable widgets, an updated Messages app, and a new App Library screen; however, it will also be gaining a few tricks of its own. Here are the five best new features coming in iPadOS 14.

Enhanced Apple Pencil interaction
If you love using Apple Pencil with an iPad, then we’ve got great news, as Apple has expanded its capabilities to make handwriting as powerful as typed text. With iPadOS 14, users won’t need to put down Apple Pencil to interact with text fields; a new Scribble feature will enable writing directly into these fields, thanks to Apple’s handwriting recognition technology. Apple’s handwriting engine will even be able to recognize the use of languages such as both English and Simplified Chinese, within a single sentence.

Read more
The 9 best new features in iOS 14: Beautiful widgets, cycling directions, more
iOS 14 Main Home

During the keynote presentation at its WWDC 2020 developer event, Apple revealed the first official details about iOS 14, the new version of the iPhone operating system coming later this year. Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, Craig Federighi, introduced the software, saying the company rethought many of the most iconic elements of iOS’s design, carefully adding new features into version 14 while maintaining the same overall look.

There are major changes to iOS with this new release. Several are Apple’s takes on some familiar Android features. What should you expect? Let’s take a look at the most exciting new features and changes.
Home Screen

Read more
Check out the awesome acoustic alert on the new Fiat 500 EV
the new, all electric fiat 500

Electric cars glide along so quietly at low speeds that for pedestrians and cyclists it can be hard to hear them coming.

That’s why regulators in the U.S. and Europe have introduced new rules instructing automakers to equip their electric vehicles with an alert system that makes a sound at low speed.

Read more