Operator ChargePoint now works together with Apple CarPlay. The new integration transmits charging data so that drivers can access charging information directly via their vehicle’s infotainment system.
For example, they can now find nearby charging stations and check their status, start a charging process or navigate to a station without having to access their iPhone while on the road. The application requires iOS 14 at least and is also compatible with Apple Watch.
In turn, Apple also integrated a new ChargePoint widget in Today View for iPhone where drivers can access said information such as nearby stations or check real-time charging status.
Apart from seeing stations on a map, the application also allows drivers to filter stations based on the speed of the charger, cost, availability and plug type. Other gadgets include functions for finding recent stations or favourite charging spots and joining a waitlist directly from the vehicle.
ChargePoint will show the data on the in-vehicle display as through CarPlay, information available in the ChargePoint app now integrates with the in-dash infotainment system.
Explains Bill Loewenthal, Senior Vice President, Product, ChargePoint: “By integrating essential charging data directly into the vehicle’s infotainment system, drivers are even more empowered and informed than ever. With the ability to connect their phone directly with the vehicle through CarPlay, drivers now have access to ChargePoint app information right on the vehicle display. The seamless connection between the app and vehicle represents the next step in how drivers and passengers will experience mobility in the future, accelerated by the global shift to electric drive.”
The company has been on a run recently as it had announced its IPO this September with the investment firm Switchback Energy Acquisition.
ChargePoint said this move puts the value of the company at $2.4 billion and brings net proceeds of $493 million. The announcement followed ChargePoint’s recent round of financing, in which the company secured $127 million in additional funding.
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