Tried out Google maps for my first extended trip.
I’m not personally a big fan (used Apple Maps for years), but you know, they all get you to your destination.
But where are the speed and red light camera warnings? Are they available in Google Maps normally but just not on Android Automotive?
Also, directions to the Sorrento DC chargers were off by a street. Is this common?
Used Apple Maps on the way home via CarPlay. No driver’s display of course, but all the speed camera warnings were there and the maps look a lot nicer. (Made me wish Apple had done a CarOS and Polestar had used it…)
(I’m also having some difficulty getting regional settings to all be Australian English).
Yep, Apple Maps is leaps and bounds ahead of Google IMO, especially since the "Detailed City Experience" with lane markings and foliage rolled out for Sydney & Melbourne at the start of the year.
I believe the speed cameras etc are present in Google Maps in AAOS overseas (as per the most recent Polestar / Google Maps update, where they now show in the driver display) but not in Australia.
I also find the speed limits from Google Maps are also way
out - you'll see in your driver display when speed limits change (without driving past a speed sign and the car camera picking it up), which I find are usually wrong without a camera to correct it.
No ETA sharing from Google Maps in the car either; this was great in Apple Maps, start a route and then share an ETA with a contact (where they can then follow along as well as just seeing the time).
The spoken directions are much better in Apple Maps too, making reference to traffic lights (go past these lights, and at the next set, turn right), stop signs (at the stop sign, turn left), or just plan old street names (turn left onto Heathcote Road).
Apart from an hour or two (trying to drive around to get P2.7 downloaded) where I noticed Google said 'Turn left onto Heathcote Road' instead of just 'turn left', there appears to be no spoken directions at all (no street names.... and Google sure loves their 'forks'!)
There doesn't appear to be a to report a problem with Google Maps in AAOS - in Apple Maps you can 'Report a problem' and pick a route and then give feedback (eg street name was wrong).
You can give 'feedback' when arriving at a destination, but only when you make it to the destination and stop there. You can't report feedback later on.
Google Maps in Android Automotive doesn't have incident reporting - in Apple Maps (and Waze) you can do basic reports for things like hazards, speed cameras and crashes
. Nothing in Google Maps (though it does show mobile speed cameras, which I assume either come from people reporting them in Google Maps on their phones, or via Waze?)
Also - why are there so many random alternative routes shown, for no reason at all? Why can't they be turned off?! Here's a route that takes a detour that's 5 minutes slower! Here's an alternative route that is $2 more expensive for no reason!
I for one am looking forward to Waze as an alternative option hopefully soon!!
Google Maps isn't too bad in some ways - the toll pricing shown when planning a trip is really neat and helps pick options that are the best value (ie, pay $5, get there 15 minutes quicker).
I like the way multiple stops work (you just park the car, do your thing at a stop, then get back in the car, and it'll suggest continuing your trip.
Generally the POIs are accurate and up to date, businesses are far more likely to update opening hours etc with Google (and it's neat when you plan a trip and it'll tell you if it'll close within one hour of your ETA.
The charging integration is nice, and the live charging data is good when planning ahead (eg it'll show when Evie, Chargefox, sites are free)