iOS 17 to Add Real-Time Charging Availability Information for EV Drivers

Apple announced at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2023 that iOS 17 will add real-time charging availability information for electric vehicle (EV) drivers. This feature will use data from charging networks to show how many chargers are available at a particular station, as well as the estimated wait time.

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The feature will be available in the US when iOS 17 is released later this year. It will initially be supported by Electrify America, ChargePoint, EVgo, and Tesla Superchargers. Apple says that it plans to add support for more charging networks in the future.

To use the feature, EV drivers will need to have iOS 17 installed on their iPhone and have their preferred charging networks set up in Apple Maps. When they search for a charging station in Apple Maps, they will see a new "Availability" section that shows the number of available chargers and the estimated wait time.

The real-time charging availability information is powered by a new partnership between Apple and HERE Technologies. HERE is a leading provider of location data and services, and it will provide Apple with the data it needs to show real-time charging availability.

The addition of real-time charging availability information is a major improvement for EV drivers. It will help them to plan their trips more effectively and avoid getting stranded without a place to charge their car. It is also a sign of Apple's commitment to making electric vehicles more accessible and convenient.

In addition to real-time charging availability information, iOS 17 will also add other features for EV drivers. These features include:

  • The ability to see the estimated range of an EV on a map
  • The ability to set up charging reminders
  • The ability to see the location of charging stations along a route

These features will make it easier for EV drivers to use Apple Maps to plan and execute their trips. They will also help to make electric vehicles more appealing to a wider range of consumers.

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