TomTom Gets Major CarPlay Update to Become a Full Google Maps, Waze Alternative

TomTom might not be everybody’s cup of tea given it’s not offered with a freeware license, but it still remains one of the best navigation apps out there.
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And as announced earlier this year, the parent company was working hard on bringing the app to the CarPlay dashboard, a feature that debuted in iOS 13 and whose mapping card was unlocked for third parties with the release of iOS 13.4 in the spring.

In other words, the CarPlay dashboard allows third-party navigation apps to be displayed on the multi-view screen too, and both Google Maps and Waze have already been updated with such capabilities.

And now it’s TomTom’s turn to receive this major update, with the latest update for GO Navigation bringing support for the CarPlay dashboard to Apple users.

Version 2.4 is the one making it happen after the beta build with dashboard support first debuted no less than 5 months ago.

In addition, this new update also introduces additional capabilities, including alternative routes that are now displayed on CarPlay too. The parent company says it has also enabled traffic services in more countries, including Slovenia, Estonia, Bosnia, and Serbia, while also updating Siri Shortcuts with support for home, work, and recent locations.

There’s another important new feature in this update, and users are going to love it. Starting with this new version, TomTom users can just steer to an alternative route to take it, which means no other form of input is required for the whole thing. So if you see an alternative route displayed on the map, just follow it, and it’s automatically enabled.

Overall, TomTom is becoming one of the best navigation apps on CarPlay, especially because the feature lineup comes with several other goodies, including speed camera warnings, ETA sharing, regularly updated maps, lane guidance and so much more. A trial version is also available to try out the app before getting a subscription.
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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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