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Apple is expanding its Maps app to several countries in Europe, including Austria, Croatia, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovenia. The revamped Maps app offers better navigation, more detailed road coverage, custom-designed 3D models of landmarks, and Flyover, among other features.
One exciting addition to the Maps app is its ability to help drivers of certain electric vehicles plan trips that include appropriate stops for charging. This feature is available in Austria, Czechia, Hungary, and Poland and works by analyzing elevation changes and other factors along a route.
In addition to helping drivers, Maps is also making life easier for transit riders in these countries. The app can now help users find nearby stations more easily and pin favorite lines. Riders will also receive notifications when it’s time to get off at their stop.
Another exciting feature of the Maps app is Look Around, which is expanding to all of these countries starting today. Look Around offers high-resolution street-level imagery, similar to Google’s Street View, but with smoother transitions when panning and zooming.
This is not the first time that Apple has expanded its Maps app since its public launch in September 2018. In fact, this is the eighteenth time that Apple has expanded its new map data, with previous expansions including the U.K., Ireland, Canada, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, France, Germany, and select other countries and territories.
The new Maps app is a significant improvement over the previous version, and Apple is continuing to invest in its development. By expanding to more countries and introducing new features like electric vehicle trip planning and Look Around, Apple is cementing its position as a serious competitor to Google Maps.