Google has introduced a new feature for electric vehicle (EV) drivers: real-time battery information integrated into Google Maps through Android Auto.
The feature, announced recently at CES 2024, is accessible in EVs equipped with Android Auto, serving as a secondary interface operating on the user’s phone.
It seamlessly communicates with and projects various functions such as navigation, media, and messaging onto the vehicle display.
Android Auto sidesteps in-car navigation systems, offering a clear and dynamic display of Google Maps.
When a destination is set, the feature provides estimated battery levels upon arrival, suggests charging stops, and indicates charging duration based on the specific vehicle.
The information on charging stations will include charger types, details on fees, and charging speeds.
Launching on Ford Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning in the coming months, the feature will eventually extend to other EV brands.
Google has also enhanced its built-in automotive services, embedded directly into the vehicle, with several additions.
Android Automotive OS, for example, is an adaptation of Google’s open-source mobile OS for Linux.
Manufacturers have integrated it to run Google apps, third-party applications, and services like Google Assistant and Google Maps.
Users can now send trips planned on their smartphones using Google Maps directly to their vehicles.
Available in select Polestar and Volvo cars in beta, the Chrome browser is intended for use when the vehicle is parked, specifically during EV charging.
Starting immediately, cars with Google’s built-in services will also feature PBS KIDS, Crunchyroll, and the Weather Channel app.