With iOS 17, Apple Maps will show real-time charging availability, allowing electric car (EV) users to choose their preferred charging network. The tech giant first revealed support for electric vehicle routes on Apple Maps back at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2020, according to 9To5Mac. The feature was first released for Ford Mustang Mach-E drivers last year, followed by Porsche Taycan drivers in spring. With iOS 17 installed on users’ iPhones, Apple Maps will ask them to establish their preferred charging networks for their electric vehicles.
Users can choose from various options, including Electrify America, Chargepoint, Tesla’s Supercharger network, and much more. When users select their preferred networks, Apple Maps will smartly provide real-time charging details. Apple Maps will only show charging options suitable for the port utilized by the electric vehicle the user is driving. “As of right now, it appears that this feature is only available to cars that support Apple Maps EV routing, which is only the Mach-E and Taycan,” the report stated. Last month, the tech giant released its iOS 17 public beta, which included an individual voice feature.
The iPhone’s personal voice feature can make the person using it sound in only 15 minutes. The beta for public testing also includes enhancements to Messages, a brand new StandBy mode, and improvements to widgets, maps, and transcription. Mail users can now filter their search by various criteria within the Messages; users can also quit the app and listen to the audio message or see the transcription if they receive a set of audio messages and want to hear back the specific part.
“It’s a little clunkier than actual Siri integration, because to trigger Shortcuts automations, you have to memorise the names you’ve given them and repeat them verbatim, but it’s probably the best Tesla owners will get, at least for now,” the report noted. The release notes from Tesla are a bit underselling the Shortcuts feature. With the latest Shortcuts support, users should be able to utilize Shortcuts to control different modes like Dog Mode or Bioweapon Defense Mode. By using their voice, users will be able to shut all windows, change the volume of their media, open their frunk, or set a limit on their charge.
Last month, the automaker initiated a new email campaign to encourage Tesla owners who own FSD to purchase the Full Self-Driving (FSD) package, buy an additional vehicle, and then take over their FSD package. The transfer conditions and email campaign revealed that what Musk described as”an “offer of amnesty” is just Tesla creating a demand spike.
A group of US regulators have instructed Cruise. This self-driving vehicle company is part of General Motors, which immediately reduced the number of robotaxis it operates by 50% after the crash of its vehicle that was hit by a fire truck. It is reported that the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced that it was investigating “recent concerning incidents” involving Cruise vehicles in San Francisco. The agency regulating it has instructed Cruise to limit the number of driverless vehicles it operates to no over 50 drivers-only cars on the road in the daytime and 150 driverless vehicles operating at night until the investigation is completed, as TechCrunch reports.
“The Cruise AV did identify the risk of a collision and initiated a braking maneuver, reducing its speed, but was ultimately unable to avoid the collision,” stated the company. In the three million miles completely self-driving in San Francisco, “we’ve seen an enormous number of emergency vehicles – more than 168,000 interactions just in the first seven months of this year alone,” according to the report.
The automaker claimed CruiseAVs have the capability of detecting emergency sirens. This increases their ability to operate safely near emergency vehicles and associated scenes.