It is truthful to say I bought excited when Apple first revealed its plan to let users cast iOS apps to a automotive’s infotainment display screen by way of CarPlay. However it’s additionally truthful to say that 4 years after it first arrived in the wild, CarPlay nonetheless feels fairly spartan.
Plenty of that’s all the way down to the classes of apps that Apple will permit crossing the phone-car barrier. To start with, this characteristic was restricted to audio playback apps like Spotify or Audible. The checklist of permissible apps remained closely locked down until earlier this year with the release of iOS 14, which opened up your infotainment display screen to parking, takeout, and EV charging apps. And ChargePoint is without doubt one of the first charging networks to reap the benefits of it.
Like all the time with CarPlay, the ChargePoint app runs in your cellphone, casting a second display screen to the infotainment show. As you possibly can see from the screenshots, the app will present you close by chargers on a map, allow you to question what sorts of chargers they’re, after which navigate you there, all powered by Apple Maps. The app additionally permits you to authenticate and start charging when you’re on the charger.
Nevertheless, because the app is operating in your cellphone, it isn’t conscious of your automotive battery’s present state of cost when you’re driving—solely whereas linked to a ChargePoint charger. That implies that it will not provide you with a warning to drive to a close-by charger in case your battery is operating low, the way in which that native navigation apps do in most EVs.
ChargePoint informed Ars that an Android Auto-compatible model of its app can also be on the way in which. Like Apple, Google additionally just lately introduced plans to open up its casting interface to EV charging apps.
Itemizing picture by Eric Bangeman