Mac Format - - CARPLAY HANDS-ON -

In the fight for in-car supremacy, map­ping and lo­ca­tion ser­vices will be a key bat­tle­ground. That could be a big ad­van­tage for CarPlay. Al­ready, Maps is more pow­er­ful than most built-in nav­i­ga­tion sys­tems thanks to fea­tures such as live traf­fic data. It’s also more up-to-date than the lo­cally stored map­ping apps in most cars.

How­ever, map­ping fea­tures could also be what pre­vents CarPlay from suc­ceed­ing. Cur­rently, Maps is the only nav­i­ga­tion app sup­ported by CarPlay. The ad­di­tion of third-party apps like Waze could make CarPlay a killer fea­ture, but Waze is, of course, now owned by Ap­ple’s num­ber one ri­val, Google. In the long run, CarPlay will be more suc­cess­ful if it of­fers the best of the iOS app ecosys­tem. It would be a pity if the con­test for map­ping supremacy gets in the way.

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