Sygic has announced that its Sygic GPS navigation app will be available on Apple CarPlay with the release of iOS 12 next week, making it one of the first navigation apps to take advantage of Apple’s expansion of third-party app CarPlay support in iOS 12. While many users these days are simply relying on Apple Maps and Google Maps for in-car navigation, Sygic’s apps are used by more than 200 million people worldwide, providing a plethora of more advanced GPS navigation features such as full 3D offline maps with free updates, voice-guided GPS navigation with spoken street names, speed limit warnings, dynamic lane assistance, advanced safety features for driving in unfamiliar surroundings, parking suggestions, fuel prices, speed camera warnings, and more. CarPlay integration will allow Sygic to be available directly from the vehicle’s in-dash touchscreen and linked to voice controls for greater driver safety, supporting features such as online maps, advanced warning of speed limit changes, predictive routing that forecasts traffic congestion, a lane assistant that helps drivers more safely switch lanes, voice navigation, and real-time traffic information updated every two minutes.
Sygic has actually been focusing on car connectivity solutions in its apps since 2014, with its [Sygic Car Navigation] app — which is also being updated for Apple CarPlay support — built to work with infotainment systems from Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, and Honda, so the company’s rapid move to integrate with Apple CarPlay is not entirely surprising. “There is a reason why we’ve been pioneering car connectivity technology since 2014,” said Sygic CEO Martin Strigac at MWC Americas. “We consider it the safest way for people to use navigation apps while driving, instead of mobile phones. The most recent integration with Apple CarPlay will allow for millions more people around the globe to navigate and drive safely.”