Apple Introduces Enhanced Maps to CarPlay In-Vehicle Infotainment System

By Kurt Stolz on 15 December 2021
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Apple CarPlay’s enhanced detail renders important buildings such as the Empire State Buildign in realisitic 3D.

Apple released the latest version its Apple CarPlay Maps app Monday.  CarPlay is Apple’s in-vehicle infotainment system that functions as an extension of a driver’s iPhone.

The update is included in the release of iOS 15.2.

With the upgrade, CarPlay Maps gains enhanced detail for multiple cities including London, Los Angeles, New York, and the San Francisco Bay Area.  

The updated maps gain road details such as turn lanes, medians, taxi lanes, bike lanes, and pedestrian crosswalks, as well as three-dimensional renderings of many monuments and buildings.  The new design is intended to help drivers navigate busy intersections with greater ease and safety.  The update shows overlapping complex interchanges in a road-level 3D view, making it easier to see upcoming traffic conditions or the best lane when approaching an exit.

Apple says that the maps offer “unprecedented detail for neighborhoods, commercial districts, marinas, [and] buildings,” as well as elevation details across a city, new road labels, and hundreds of custom-designed landmarks such as the Empire State Building in New York City, Coit Tower in San Francisco, Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, and the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Apple said that it plans to add this functionality to maps for Philadelphia, San Diego, and Washington, D.C. later this year and support for Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver in 2022.

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