New Patent Reveals Potential New Features in Apple Maps

New Patent Reveals Potential New Features in Apple Maps

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In an attempt to steer iOS users towards using Apple Maps instead of the competing Google Maps, Apple is planning some new features for its navigation and mapping app that may appear in a future release of Apple Maps.

A new patent application titled “User Interfaces for Customized Navigation Routes” gives us some insight into what Apple is thinking regarding Apple Maps features.

One of the new features proposed by the patent would allow Apple Maps to determine routes based on your car’s profile.

This is something that’s already on display in cars with embedded Apple Maps within the infotainment system.

Using this feature, the app would suggest when a driver should stop for fueling up or charging an electric car. The app would look at the range your car has based on the current fuel supply or battery charge and suggest routes within that range.

New Patent Reveals Potential New Features in Apple Maps

If the car won’t be able to reach the destination due to insufficient fuel or battery life, Apple Maps will look for fuel stations or charging stations.

The app will also estimate how much fuel or battery life will remain upon arrival at your destination. Users will be able to decide whether they’ll follow the suggestions to refuel or charge or whether they’ll roll the dice and continue driving.

Another feature included in the patent would allow Apple Maps to avoid areas with restricted access based on the car’s license plate. Apple Maps would steer the driver away from these restricted zones.

The patent also hints at advanced navigation that would be possible by inputting the engine type, more car information, and the license plate number.

The result would be routes suggested by Apple Maps indicating when to stop for fueling or charging, and it would also bypass areas where there may be restrictions based on the license plate.

Keep in mind that just because Apple has filed a patent application for new Apple Maps features doesn’t mean the company will obtain the patent. Nor does it mean that Apple will add these features to Apple Maps.

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