Mysterious Error Hits New-Generation Google Maps Feature on Android Auto

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Google wants Google Maps to be prepared for new-generation vehicles, so the company already integrated several features aimed at EV owners.
The application allows drivers to configure the navigation profile for electric vehicles, eventually unlocking new capabilities unavailable for gas-powered models. For example, if you enable the EV profile in Google Maps, the application lets you configure the compatible charging plugs.

When you search for charging stations, Google Maps can automatically check the plug compatibility before beginning navigation and offering turn-by-turn guidance to its address.

The feature has been broken for several weeks on Android Auto, with Google Maps users encountering an uncanny message claiming the charging station has no compatible plugs.

Users say they look for nearby charging stations and set navigation to its address, only to receive a message reading, "Plugs at charging station aren't compatible with your vehicle." Users claim they previously charged their vehicles at the selected charging station, so the message is inaccurate. Google Maps offers two options: continue navigation to the configured destination or replace the stop and look for another charging station.

Some users claim Google Maps doesn't even allow them to select the supported plug types, so the issue might reside in the mobile application.

However, someone explained that the problem might be caused by the different plug types available at its charging location. If a charging station has at least one plug incompatible with the user's vehicle, Google Maps for Android Auto displays the warning, ignoring the other compatible plugs.

No workaround is available at this point, and it's unclear if the culprit is Google Maps or Android Auto. The error appeared earlier this month, and Google says it needs more information to figure out what went wrong.

Meanwhile, Android Auto has reached version 11, with the first beta build available for download today. The new release doesn't bring any significant changes, as the focus remains on bug fixes and general performance fixes, but Google is already working on several new features.

For example, the company wants to bring a new disconnect button to allow users to shut down the connection on a mobile device. Android Auto wireless comes without an option to disconnect the mobile device from a head unit, so users can't run the app on another phone in the car. The new disconnect button appeared for the first users earlier this year, but the rollout has gained more pace lately. The search giant has yet to announce it, but considering more users have already received it, an announcement should be made shortly.

If you want to download Android Auto 11, you must use the stand-alone APK installer to get the file. Otherwise, you must enroll in the beta program to get access to the latest update.
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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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