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ChargePoint picks up Android Auto integration, making it easier to find and top-up at charging stations

ChargePoint picks up Android Auto integration, making it easier to find and top-up at charging stations

Last year, Android Auto finally added support for all-new categories of apps. Navigation, parking, and charging software all became an option for developers to start building. That support left beta testing earlier this month, and already we've seen several apps take advantage of this new opportunity. ChargePoint was one of the companies highlighted by Google in its announcement, and an update is now going live. Starting today, drivers can search and navigate to charging stations for their vehicles right from Android Auto.

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Google is waging war against EV range anxiety

Google is waging war against EV range anxiety

For many, the hardest part of having an electric vehicle is route planning on longer trips. In-range drives aren't really an issue, but if you have to stop to charge, it can be a bit of a hassle estimating when and where to do it, and it gets more complicated the longer the trip is. A conservative estimate just wastes time, which is already at a premium with you having to wait at each pit stop to top up. But for EVs with Google Maps built-in, like the recent Polestar 2 and Volvo XC40 Recharge, it's less of an issue thanks to some new tweaks rolling out now.

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'OK Google, charge my car' - Assistant adds native control for chargers and batteries

'OK Google, charge my car' - Assistant adds native control for chargers and batteries

Google Assistant started with native support for basic smart home products like thermostats and lights, but has since expanded to dozens more from locks to vacuums, cameras, kitchen appliances, bedroom furniture, and bathroom equipment. With today's addition of chargers, Assistant has upped its tally to 60 different product types.

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Google Maps can now search for electric vehicle charging stations by plug type

Google Maps can now search for electric vehicle charging stations by plug type

If you've never had an electric car, you might not know that there are multiple charging connectors used by different makers - Nissan's vehicles use CHAdeMO, BMW and VW use CCS, Tesla uses its own proprietary connector, and so on. Google Maps added the ability to search for charging stations earlier this year, and now you can filter results based on what type of plugs are available.

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[Update: It launched] Volvo XC40 will be one of the first cars to run Android Automotive

[Update: It launched] Volvo XC40 will be one of the first cars to run Android Automotive

Google has been working on the native version of Android for cars, Android Automotive, for years. After Volvo offered us a first look at the operating system on its all-electric Polestar 2 back in May, the car manufacturer is now ready to deploy Automotive to another upcoming EV. The company has announced that the XC40 will run Android, too.

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