Zap-Map gets free voice activation with Google Assistant
Zap-Map has launched a free voice-activated function on Google Assistant to help make it easier for EV drivers to find charge points.
Introduced just months ahead of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration for the Zap-Map service, the update means that users can search for EV charge points using voice commands at home, work or on the move – including while driving – using hands-free voice commands.
Available on Android and iOS mobile devices, Google Home and in-car using the latest version of Android Auto, Zap-Map uses natural language processing to provide voice responses to customers’ commands such as ‘find a charger nearby’.
The information provided on charging locations includes the network operator, driving distance and status updates, including whether a charger is out of order or currently in use.
Further updates for Zap-Map are also due in 2020, including integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Early 2020 will also see the business launch its Zap-Pay feature – a dedicated payment service usable across multiple network providers. The new developments follow recent launches the route planner and Zap-Home, a network of private charging locations owned by households and businesses who have chosen to share electricity with other Zap-Map registered drivers.
Zap-Map co-founder Ben Lane added: “By continuing to offer a comprehensive suite of best-in-class digital tools, we’re helping drivers squeeze every drop of value from their EVs. This consolidation of various charging platforms, payment methods and user interfaces into a one-stop-shop app is making transition to EVs easier and more exciting than ever before.”