Google-owned Waze is adding a new feature that helps EV owners find a compatible charger on the go. Once users enter their vehicle model and plug type into the app, they can find the nearest EV charging stations, Waze said Tuesday.
To avoid outdated and unreliable information about chargers, Waze said it uses the help of its community map editors. They will ensure that the data on these stations is accurate and up-to-date.
“Adding up-to-date EV charging information to the Waze map makes it even easier to charge your car and get help finding where or when you’ll hit the next station,” the company said in a statement. a blog post.
“Thanks to local map editors from our Waze community, EV data is reviewed and updated in real time to provide the most accurate, comprehensive information on the map.”
Waze said this new feature will roll out globally in the coming weeks. However, a report from Electrek indicates that the EV charger finder is currently not working as intended for some users, showing them gas stations instead of chargers.
Last year, Google updated the Maps app to allow EV owners to find a charger based on their vehicle’s plug type. Last month, the company took it a step further and integrated features such as Maps into some EVs from manufacturers such as Polestar, Volvo, General Motors and Renault. In recent years, the company has also expanded its function to find eco-friendly routes for various vehicles.
In December, the search giant combined Google Maps and Waze teams as a cost-cutting measure.