A Better Routeplanner Now Available on Apple CarPlay

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A Better Routeplanner has just announced a new update that includes one big surprise: support for Apple’s CarPlay. In other words, those running ABRP on their iPhones connected to the head unit can now access the app right from their cars' screens, without the need for even touching the phone.
CarPlay support in ABRP was originally confirmed back in December. As we told you a few weeks ago, the developing team was conducting thorough internal testing to make sure everything was running as expected.

With ABRP on CarPlay, users get pretty much the same functionality as they do on their iPhones, including the super-advanced route planning the service provides. After the vehicle model is selected, users simply need to enter their destination and let ABRP work its magic, as the app can plan the route to include charge stops for electric vehicles.

The new CarPlay support comes as part of ABRP version 4.0.35, but right now is only available for premium users. However, you can try it out by signing up for a 14-day trial, which allows you to enjoy ABRP premium for two weeks at no cost.

As for Android Auto support for ABRP, this is something the parent company already has in mind, though an ETA isn’t available just yet.

Not yet, but it'll most likely be the next task we'll take on after CarPlay is released,” the parent company said when talking about Android Auto support in ABRP a few weeks ago. ”Android Auto will most likely be next!

The company has once again reiterated, “we’d absolutely love to add support for Android Auto as well,” but it just wants to take “one thing at a time,” so it’ll probably take a while until this highly anticipated update is released too.

ABRP for iPhone requires at least iOS 10.0 and can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store (a monthly subscription costs $4.99, while one year of premium is available for $49.99).

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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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