In addition to adding routing for electric vehicles in Apple Maps, Apple has finally added routing for cycling as well in its iOS 14 update. Whether you are a weekend cycling enthusiast or commute to work and run errands on your bike, the new feature should prove helpful. You can now map out a route and see the elevation change along the way before heading out. Here's how to do it on iPhone:
Running out of gas while on the road is obviously something nobody wants to do, and it is easily avoidable since gas stations are ubiquitous in most populated areas. The same cannot be said for charging stations for electric cars, as they are much fewer and farther between. iOS 14 has brought Maps up to speed by allowing it to communicate with electric vehicles, offering peace of mind to road trippers traveling in their Teslas, Bolts and LEAFs.
By default, Apple Maps gets directions from your current location, and delivers the distance to your destination. Measuring the distance between two places which are different than the current location takes a few more steps. By marking a location, then getting the route between points, Apple Maps can measure the route distance on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Travel time based on the mode of transportation chosen, as well as the distance in miles or kilometers is displayed.
After a less-than-stellar debut, Apple has continued to improve upon its Maps app with each new iOS iteration, including iOS 13. In addition to adding the Look Around feature (equivalent to Google's Street View) and letting you automatically share your ETA, iOS 13 also tweaks the Favorites feature and adds a Collections feature which lets you create a list of locations that you can share.
Your estimated time of arrival (ETA) is useful information whether you are meeting up with friends or trying to coordinate with your spouse or co-workers. Every navigation app gives you your ETA, which you can relay to whomever with a simple text, but many now let you send it directly from the app, including Apple Maps. Apple already addressed sending ETA with the Home ETA shortcut in iOS 12.