Just in time for that cross-country holiday trip, Apple’s bringing some crucial electric motor vehicle charging information to its ecosystem, courtesy of ChargePoint. The partnership delivers site information for thirty,000 charging stations, which will pop up in Maps as badges, along with accessible pricing and hrs of operation.
Apple’s AI assistant will, naturally, be getting in on the action, with the “Hey Siri, where’s the closest charging station?” and Apple iphone owners can use Apple Pay out to cost the cost.
Google’s equally named competitor has featured charging stations for a variety of yrs now, adding info from the U.S. Department of Electrical power Nationwide Renewable Electrical power Laboratory in 2011, again when its record of spots numbered in the mere hundreds. And then there are 3rd-party choices like PlugShare, which is supported by a variety of EV brands like Tesla and Ford.
Together with the aforementioned EV performance, Apple’s added a variety of other characteristics to Maps lately, such as reservations as a result of OpenTable and Uber and Lyft hailing specifically from the iOS 10 app. Tends to make you surprise what else the company may be scheduling.