If you have Apple CarPlay compatible in-dash system in your car, then want to use Google Maps turn-by-turn navigation within a CarPlay mode. For that you must learn how to enable Google Maps navigation on CarPlay. Here’s a workaround of sorts to make it happen in our next post.
Today’s story includes a developer showing off a new Google Maps / all iPhone apps CarPlay hack which basically brings all iOS apps to CarPlay-enabled head units. A universal solution to get all iPhone apps able to run on CarPlay-compatible vehicles is ultimately in progress. With develop teasing a video clip presenting Google Maps running on a CarPlay unit.
There are some other app, jailbreak tweak called CarPlay iOS, that brings in Apple’s in-car platform on your iPhone or iPad while you’re behind the wheel. It comes with a collection of re-designed applications and features for a usage when you are driving. You’ll get a familiar CarPlay-like interface that gives you easy access to every single apps and services that you want on the road, including Google Maps, Messages, Spotify, and Waze. Otherwise, you can also view useful widgets for things like the time, weather, battery status, and much more. CarPlay iOS undoubtedly allows to add third-party apps to its Home screen, which helps you do anything in your car, like drive on the right-hand side, you can simply switch up its interface to accommodate.
As wonerful as CarPlay was made by Apple it would seem that it’s becoming a neglected project. More and more cars are shipping with CarPlay capabilities on a manufacturer level, and additional retro-fit head units are becoming available to be fitted into existing vehicles, but Apple itself doesn’t appear to be granting CarPlay the love that the public would have hoped.
Part of the problem appears to be the fact only a carefully curated selection of apps are allowed to run on the device, and even those have stripped back visual experiences. This bounty setup to try and convince a capable developer to do something about that.
Has showed that this jailbreak tweak is making progress by sharing a video on Google’s Maps app working on a connected CarPlay-compatible head unit. Also shows a number of pieces of functionality, including double-tapping to zoom, scrolling through the map with touch, and even drilling down into the basic details of a location signified by a pin drop on the map.
All of an effort to show that he has indeed managed to come up with a way for jailbroken devices to cast any iPhone app across to CarPlay, rather than simply being limited to the few officially supported apps.
Still a fair bit of work to do to get this up and running in a position to share with the public, but the real-world goal is to ensure that any app can be used on CarPlay from a device running iOS 10, and above, which seems like he has so far succeeded in doing that.