Gaode Map, China's most popular mapping app, has added some new features in a recent update to improve the experience for new energy vehicle owners.
These features include finding and navigating to charging stations, charging route planning, long-distance service area charging alerts, and scanning QR codes for charging.
After users enter their starting and ending locations, the app will recommend routes and display charging stations along the way for users to choose from. Users can also select their own charging stations based on different brands.
For long-distance travel, the app can recommend charging stations and list service areas where charging is available based on the travel mileage and the user's set full charge mileage.
If an emergency recharge is needed during driving, users can click on "Charging Station" in the navigation interface or through the voice assistant to check and navigate to it.
During long-distance driving, the app will report how many charging stations are available in the service area ahead and recommend nearby charging stations once the user reaches the destination.
Previously, Gaode Map has been equipped with a charging map. Users can filter and check the location, distance, price, discount, number of charging piles, parking cost, and charging speed of charging stations.
Users can also access dynamic information about charging stations, such as how many charging piles are currently available, whether anyone has used them recently, and check whether the station is currently available through messages from other users.
Gaode Map is the most used mapping application in China. Data from market research firm BigData-Research last month showed that Gaode's monthly active users reached 477 million in April. Baidu Map and Tencent Map follow with 389 million and 335 million monthly active users, respectively.