Holy crap was Apple Maps a breath of fresh air!
I’m on a business trip and my rental is a 2018 Audi A4. Love the car, it’s awesome. But my god, the built in navigation was very confusing to use. It was showing random points of interest mixed in to my route, I wasn’t sure which direction to follow due to how it was laid out on the screen. Audio directions were very little help. I actually took the wrong road a few times trying to get to my hotel.
Anyway, after having to purchase a charging cable from Target (because I forgot mine) I plugged in my iPhone to charge it and was pleasantly surprised to see CarPlay pop up.
I decided to give Apple Maps a try this time (because I was just going to use Google Maps instead on my phone) and holy shit, Apple Maps was an actual joy to use compared to Audi’s navigation. It was easy to see what my next turn was, how long to that point, audio nav was very helpful.
I don’t know if Apple Maps is still quite as good as Google Maps, but that is splitting hairs compared to how terrible and convoluted car navigations can be.
CarPlay, or even Android Auto, is definitely the way to go. But this time, bless you Apple Maps.