Apple Maps Now Includes Data From 30,000 Electric Car Charging Stations
ChargePoint, which bills itself as the world’s largest network of electric vehicle power stations, is now integrating their data into Apple Maps.
As Apple Maps continues to expand the depth and breadth of its location intelligence, electric car power station provider ChargePoint is now sharing its data into the Cupertino company’s location platform.
Apple Maps users will now see more than 30,000 EV charging station “badges” appearing on Apple Maps and will be able to quickly and easily get directions and see hours of operation and pricing (where available). Those charging stations include a mix of residential as well as commercial spaces, such as Whole Foods parking lots (as shown in the image above).
These users will also be able to pay from the map app with Apple Pay. Apple Maps will also provide other station details, all from their iPhone and use Siri to find nearby charging stations.
For ChargePoint, the value of being on Apple Maps is simple: as a rep for the company told GeoMarketing, the incredible reach alone makes integration essential. For one thing, Apple Maps is the most popular mapping app by far on the iPhone (for obvious reasons, including that it’s one of the embedded tools on iOS).
“We exchange real time data with them covering station details like location, station type, operating hours,” the ChargePoint rep said. “We worked with their engineering team to make the integration seamless – from finding a station to launching the ChargePoint app. Mapping apps quickly become the default starting point for a lot of day to day activities so this integration gives users a best of both worlds experience.”
ChargePoint is currently “in discussions: with several others but was unable to offer any further details on those developments.
The past two years has been one of steady growth and respect for Apple Maps as its added more tools and features, including the launch of its own Google-like Street View car fleet that has traveled through over 40 U.S. localities last month to capture roadside data and images.
Among the other recent updates to Apple Maps:
— With iOS 10, Apple added Maps extensions to make it easy for users to make a reservation with OpenTable or Book a Ride with Uber or Lyft, right from within Maps.
— When navigating by car, you can now Search Along Route to find coffee or the closest gas station, as well as choose to avoid tolls with a new toggle option that maps alternative routes.
— This fall, Apple expanded Amtrak integration nation-wide, so users can navigate Amtrak trains and plan their travel based on train schedules all from within the app.
— Transit — now live in 38 cities and all of China and Japan — continues to add support for metropolitan transit systems and schedules, precisely mapping entrances and exits for subway stations and showing local signage. Apple worked with over 400 transit agencies, surveying 50,000+ station entrances.