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Sygic to launch offline nav for Apple CarPlay

Sygic has become the first company to confirm it will launch a navigation app for Apple CarPlay, with the advantage that it won’t be reliant on a mobile data connection.

Sygic Apple CarPlay

Sygic has released a video of its navigation app running on Apple CarPlay.

The announcement follows Apple’s confirmation that it will, with the launch of iOS12 in the autumn, enable third-party companies to develop navigation apps for Apple CarPlay for the first time. It means users will be able to access the maps via their car’s built-in touchscreen, without opting for factory-fitted navigation.

Sygic’s maps are stored on the device, rather than relying on live downloads of data like Apple Maps, and the full functionality will be supported through the CarPlay system, including lifetime updates, information on speed limits, lane assistance, voice navigation, real-time traffic data.

The company said it will also feature the Predictive Routing feature, which uses two years of historic data about the road network to show the most time-efficient route, even when there is no mobile data signal.

A video showing the app in action in Bratislava, where Sygic is based, is available here.

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Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.