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And while the Waze team is now busy working on CarPlay dashboard support, the engineers in charge of the Android and Android Auto experience have managed to address another big annoyance in the app.

There’s a chance you noticed this too. Occasionally, when launching Waze and setting up the navigation, the direction of travel is no longer centered but slightly tilted, despite the car icon, either the default arrow a custom model enabled from settings, actually displayed correctly.

At first glance, this seems to signal a GPS calibration problem, and some say other apps are affected as well, including Google Maps. However, recalibrating the GPS sensor doesn’t seem to fix the whole thing on the Android devices affected by this glitch.

Interestingly enough, similar problems have also been reported on the iOS version of the app, and the Waze team is reportedly investigating the whole thing already.

But for Android and Android auto users, the good news is that the issue has already been resolved in the latest beta build, so theoretically it should go live in the next stable update for Waze in the Google Play Store. The changelog indeed explains that the update resolves a glitch that displays “the car icon always facing up [but] navigation is tilted,” so theoretically, problems like the one highlighted in this screenshot shared on reddit should no longer occur anymore.

At this point, there’s no ETA as to when the next stable update for Waze could go live, but given the beta has already been released to private testers, this shouldn’t take too long. In the meantime, Waze continues to work just fine, so this slightly tilted navigation is just an annoyance that doesn’t affect the app’s functionality.

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Google’s Waze platform arrived on Apple CarPlay in 2018, and now it’s about to adopt one of Apple’s latest features. It appears that Waze will soon support CarPlay’s dashboard mode.

A photo obtained by the Verge shows Waze showing its navigation interface on the CarPlay dashboard. This feature splits the “homescreen” view of CarPlay with a handful of widgets that show different bits of data. In this case, Waze shows a minimized navigation view with an ETA, view of the map, and the speed limit. Interestingly, there are no reporting features on this view.

Apparently, this feature is being tested in beta right now. Waze wouldn’t directly confirm as much, but the user who sent the image below claims to be in a private beta testing group for the Waze iOS app. Seeing as Waze didn’t confirm any details about this test, it’s unclear when the feature will roll out publicly.

Google Maps added support for the dashboard back in August.

Beyond CarPlay dashboard support, this Waze beta update also adds support for lane guidance in the iOS app, a huge upgrade for navigation especially when dealing with complex intersections. That feature was announced in September.

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In the meantime, however, the first customers have already received the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro they ordered, and naturally, it was only a matter of time until they came across the very first problems.

Unfortunately for drivers, CarPlay is one of the areas seemingly affected, as some discovered that connecting their iPhones to the head units in their cars no longer works properly.

While some complain of a glitch causing CarPlay to not even show up when the iPhone is plugged in, others claim the experience overall is broken down, as apps crash all of sudden, the screen turns black randomly, or the smartphone just disconnects every once in a while.

Most of these customers have one thing in common: they all owned another iPhone before the iPhone 12, so when they purchased the new model, they restored from a previously created backup.

If you still can’t figure out where this is going, it all comes down to the CarPlay settings which have been migrated from one device to another as part of the backup restoration process. Because of the authentication performed when a previously-paired iPhone is connected to a head unit in the car, CarPlay may no longer work properly, especially if the models we’re talking about have been released in the last few years and therefore come with more security systems in place.

So the workaround is as simple as it could be: you need to reset CarPlay settings and delete the synced profiles, both on the head unit and on the iPhone. In other words, just start from scratch with CarPlay in your vehicle. The good thing is that Apple has made the whole thing super-straightforward, so it doesn’t take more than one minute to complete the initial setup and start using CarPlay.

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Borrowed from Google Maps and supposed to help drivers figure out which lane to use for their next turn, this new feature debuted on iPhone and Android earlier this year, but until recently, it wasn’t available on CarPlay.

Now it turns out that the rollout has been completed and everyone now sees lane information on CarPlay after updating Waze to the most recent version.

To be clear, the rollout of lane guidance on CarPlay started earlier this fall, and I for one have been seeing it for at least several weeks. On the other hand, the rollout apparently happened in stages and some users didn’t get the new feature.

It’s pretty clear that the experience with Waze is getting more polished on CarPlay, but while the addition of lane guidance is big news for Apple users, there’s one feature that’s still missing, and right now, it’s still nowhere to be seen even in the beta program.

It’s the CarPlay dashboard support, a feature that would allow Waze to replace Apple Maps and Google Maps on the multi-view screen, essentially allowing users to run the app side by side with other cards that display music information and calendar appointments.

Support for third-party apps in the maps card debuted in April this year when Apple finally decided to allow other apps to replace Apple Maps, but surprisingly, neither Google nor Waze has been in a rush to take advantage of this new feature.

Google eventually updated Google Maps with such functionality earlier this year, but on the other hand, Waze still needs more time to make it happen, though at one point it’s been rumored that support for the CarPlay dashboard was on the table with a late 2020 ETA.

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The latest version of the Google Maps navigation app is set to work even better with Apple CarPlay.

Updates mean those with compatible iOS Apple devices will see Google Maps integrate with the CarPlay Dashboard view.

Users will now be able to have Google Maps displayed side by side with other functions. This means Google’s navigation instructions alongside music choices and calendar appointments.

Freedom to choose your mapping solution

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Until now, Apple CarPlay’s Dashboard setting was only compatible with Apple’s own Maps app. This forced drivers to choose between the neatness of the Dashboard display, or using third-party navigation apps like Google Maps separately.

Apple released an update for CarPlay earlier this year, offering third-party developers the chance to work in Dashboard mode. However, it has taken Google until now to make the necessary changes to its own Maps application.

Now that Google has taken the leap to making its own mapping app work with the CarPlay Dashboard, expect other third-party maps to follow.

Google Maps back on your wrist

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The latest update for Google Maps will also be of interest to Apple Watch wearers.

Google dropped support for Apple’s smartwatch range in 2017, causing frustration for those who relied on its functionality. Now, Google will fully support the Apple Watch, offering step-by-step directions.

Users will be able to set saved destinations to quickly generate directions to, along with estimated journey times. Google Maps will tailor instructions depending on whether the user is travelling by car, bike, public transport, or on foot.

Updates for compatibility with Apple CarPlay are now live, whilst Apple Watch users should see changes made in the coming weeks.

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General Motors reintroduced the Chevrolet Trailblazer nameplate as an all-new small crossover for the 2021 model year. Offered as a “uniquely youthful, yet functional alternative” in the popular small crossover segment, the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer comes with a variety of infotainment and technology features, and now, GM Authority has learned that one of those features will become standard across the lineup.

The feature in question is wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the two standards in modern passenger vehicle-smartphone integration.

Both features were previously offered as part of the optional Technology Package, but will now be standard on all 2021 Chevy Trailblazer models, starting with units produced in September.

As a result of the feature’s new standardization, all models will also get a $100 price increase. For reference, the current 2021 Chevy Trailblazer starts at $19,995 (including destination) for the base L trim with FWD and the turbocharged 1.2L I3 LIH engine. Now, this same configuration will be priced at $20,095 (including destination) starting with units produced in September.

As stated above, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto were previously offered as part of the Technology Package, which also included:

  • Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus system
  • HD Radio
  • SiriusXM with 360L
  • Bose premium seven-speaker system
  • SD card reader
  • Wireless Charging
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • HD Rear Vision Camera
  • 4.2-inch diagonal multi-color Driver Information Center
  • LED headlamps

As a reminder, the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer rides on the GM VSS-F platform, with production for the U.S. taking place at the GM Bupyeong plant in South Korea. Available engine options include the turbocharged 1.2L I3 LIH, and the turbocharged 1.3L I3 L3T.

Is standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto the right move for the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer, even with the $100 price increase? Let us know by voting in the poll below, and make sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more Chevrolet Trailblazer news, Chevrolet news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.

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CarPlay will come with support for over 100 additional languages, which means that users would thus be provided with a localized typing experience when they’re in the car.

Why is this a super-useful update? It’s because beginning with iOS 14, you should technically be able to type in your own language on the CarPlay screen, obviously when parked. This means CarPlay will allow users to type businesses names, addresses, and pretty much anything else in their native language with local characters too.

Apple hasn’t provided a detailed list of the new languages that will be supported in CarPlay, but additional information in this regard is projected to be shared by the time the iOS 14 update gets the go-ahead.

The next iPhone software update will bring plenty of improvements for CarPlay users, including support for wallpapers, something that was previously available on jailbroken devices exclusively. Apple will include a series of pre-defined wallpapers in iOS 14, and right now, it looks like users won’t be allowed to use their own backgrounds as CarPlay wallpapers.

Additionally, CarPlay will also support a series of new apps, some of which would be aimed at electric cars.

At this point, iOS 14 is still in beta stage, so if you want to try it out ahead of the public launch, you can just download the preview builds offered by Apple. However, keep in mind that these beta versions aren’t supposed to be used on production devices, as they often come with bugs and stability issues.

As for the ETA of the stable version of iOS 14, the official launch is expected in the second half of September. The iPhone 6s and newer models will all support the new iOS 14.

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But in addition to all these improvements that Apple announced earlier this year at WWDC, CarPlay will also include a series of other smaller refinements that many people might actually miss.

One of them is the privacy indicator that shows up when an app uses the microphone or the camera, with color dots displayed in the CarPlay UI right under the clock.

And by the looks of things, there’s more coming to users with the upcoming iOS 14. Apple has silently updated the music playback UI to display larger album covers regardless of the screen resolution of your head unit.

I noticed this in the very first beta of iOS 14, but now more testers confirm that this is indeed the case. More specifically, some CarPlay users previously received the same UI in iOS 13 if their head units supported this layout. On lower-resolution displays, the playback UI just displayed a smaller album cover, with the playing controls eating up more space on the screen.

It looks like the upcoming iOS 14 makes the same experience available for everybody, technically showing large album covers on the right side of the screen, while everything else is grouped on the left. This is something that makes much more sense, and at the same time, it allows drivers to see the album cover much easier, thus removing the distraction when driving.

iOS 14 is projected to launch in September for the iPhone 6s and newer models. A beta build is already available for those who want to test everything in advance, but keep in mind that running pre-release software isn’t recommended on production devices given the likelihood of bugs and other performance issues.

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This time, Google has updated the iOS version, which also powers the CarPlay experience, and by the looks of things, there’s one improvement that the search giant mentioned in the release notes and another one that the company probably forgot to add.

With this new update, Waze reaches version 4.65.1 on iOS, and according to the official changelog, it includes new refinements for planned drives.

According to Google, this new version “fixed a bug so you’ll see info about your destination before leaving for a planned drive.” In other words, if you use Waze with planned drives on your iPhone, you should now see information regarding the route to your destination when you’re supposed to leave.

But in addition to this improvement, I also noticed something that concerns GPS tracking in Waze.

Like Google Maps and the other navigation apps, Waze needs to determine your location to then follow you on the map and provide directions according to your route. As some people discovered the hard way, the GPS tracking doesn’t always work exactly as expected, as Waze occasionally struggles to locate you on the map or experience some sort of delay when navigating.

This delay is something that I personally had to deal with Waze on CarPlay since version 4.64.2, which was released on July 10. This was more noticeable when making a turn, as this change of direction reflected in Waze one or two seconds after it happened.

And as it turns out, this new release fixes everything, as the delay is gone, and the performance overall seems to be much smoother. The updated experience is available both on the iPhone and on CarPlay, so I’m guessing that the update just brought things back to normal.

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One of the new features coming in iOS 14 is the ability to customize your car’s CarPlay interface with one of several new wallpapers. If you don’t know, CarPlay lets you control your car’s stereo and other connected smart car accessories with Siri voice commands, and this version of iOS marks the first time users will be able to adjust CarPlay’s look to a significant degree.

Before you can try out one of these new wallpapers, you’ll need to connect your iPhone to your car and set up CarPlay (if you haven’t already.) This process will be different for every car, but it’s as easy as connecting your phone via USB (or a fancier wireless connection) to a CarPlay-supported vehicle. After that:

  1. Open your iPhone’s Settings and go to General > CarPlay.
  2. Tap “Available Cars.”
  3. Select your car from the list to enable CarPlay.

Now to zhuzh up CarPlay with one of those fancy new wallpapers. To reiterate, these wallpapers are only available in iOS 14, which is still in beta. You can install the iOS 14 preview now to check it out early, or you can wait for the final, stable version to roll out publicly, likely in the fall. Either way, once you’re running iOS 14, here’s how to add a CarPlay wallpaper:

  1. Make sure your iPhone is connected and CarPlay is turned on.
  2. Open “Settings” in your car’s CarPlay interface (not your iPhone’s)
  3. Tap “Wallpaper.” Scroll through the list of available wallpapers. You can tap on one to preview it.
  4. If you like the way it looks, tap “Confirm” to apply the background.

Obviously, don’t make these changes while you’re driving.

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