iOS 15.4 was just published by Apple for iPhone owners. Apple devices received a slew of new capabilities as part of the upgrade. Among the features on the list is the ability to unlock iPhones while wearing face masks and a new gender-neutral Siri voice. In addition, Apple Maps now offers an EV navigation capability, which has been long expected.
For the uninformed, Apple revealed at its 2020 World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) that Apple Maps will have more advanced routing functions for electric vehicles.
Apple Maps Supports EV Routing Software
Apple Maps now supports Apple’s EV routing technology, which was first introduced in iOS 15.4. This function effectively provides a route to a user’s selected destination that includes an EV charging station.
There’s only one snag. Apple’s EV routing function is currently only available for Ford Mustang Mach-E electric automobiles. The function may be triggered through Apple CarPlay and is only available for the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E and 2021 iteration of the EV with SYNC software versions 21281 PRODUCT.244, 22028 PRODUCT.358, and 22034 PRODUCT.364, according to Ford’s support website.
Ford indicated that a Ford Power-Up upgrade will provide this functionality to 2021 Mach-Es along with separate software versions in 2022. They also stated that it is “dedicatedly striving to provide new features and software to its F-150 Lightning or E-Transit clients.”
Eligible device owners will need to download iOS 15.4 on their iPhones and Ford’s Power-Up update version 2.3.0 on their EVs to use this functionality.
The EV Routing option in Apple Maps will be activated once you’ve chosen a data sharing policy. When you create a new route in Apple Maps, the estimated battery charge of the car after the trip will now be displayed.