Good news for electric vehicles drivers who like to navigate using Waze: the app has now added information about charging stations, with crowdsourced info that can be updated in real-time.
Waze, which is owned by Google, has grown in popularity because it uses crowd-sourced data to calculate real-time traffic information, helping to find a route where you can keep moving rather than get stuck in a big jam. It’s also available to use through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
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With the new function, Waze users can specify what type of EV that drive along with its plug type, and then the app will be able to show compatible chargers in the local area and along the programmed route. While most EVs in the UK now use CCS chargers, there are still some Chademo charging points out there, and the system could prove useful when travelling in other countries.
Waze says that the information has been sources from its community of volunteer local map editors, who regularly review and update charge point information to make sure it is accurate. As Waze users can do with traffic and road works, charge point information can be updated in real-time, which should reduce those frustrating times when you rock up at a charger to find it’s been broken for six weeks.
The feature has now gone live in the Waze app, and will roll out globally in the coming weeks.
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