These 5 Android Auto apps make navigating a breeze

These 5 Android Auto apps make navigating a breeze

Looking for the best navigation app for Android Auto or want to try something new? Then we have the list for you here. Android Planet found out which app best gets you from A to B and with which cool extra functions.

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Navigating with Android Auto apps

Navigating is nothing new. Our ancestors traveled over land and sea with a degree stick and sextant, but fortunately nowadays we get to destinations much easier. Many people use a navigation system or app on their phone during a long car ride. With the arrival of Android Auto, these are even incorporated in your car.

There are countless navigation apps in the Play Store, but which are the best for Android Auto? In this article, we’ll show you five navigation apps (and an extra one) to consider for your next trip. We deal with all ins and outs, so that you know where you stand.

1. Google Maps

The most famous and used navigation app for Android users is Google Maps. The app is pre-installed on almost all devices and the range of maps is huge. Thanks to the seamless integration with

Google’s

own search engine you will find during your route easy to find restaurants, hotels or other places of interest.

When connected to Android Auto, you get the same real-time traffic updates as in the smartphone app. When a certain route is busy, Maps adjusts your navigation and speed cameras are also shown along the way. Even if you go out without internet,

Google Maps

comes in handy. You can download maps via the app and they also appear in Android Auto. You will lose live updates, but you can also easily plan a route offline.

Android Auto Sygic

2. TomTom GO

Who says navigation, says TomTom. As one of the largest players in the field of GPS and navigation systems, the company also has its own navigation app. It works well with Android Auto,

but also has a downside.

In addition to the huge range of offline and online maps (which you have to download first), TomTom also offers direct traffic information. In the event of accidents, traffic jams or work, you will receive a notification or the app will adjust your route. Also great is the option to report both fixed and mobile speed cameras. This way you can help other users and they help you.

Unfortunately, all this is not free. You pay 4 euros per month or 30 euros per year for the TomTom GO app. Less than if you buy a traditional navigation system from the manufacturer, but still more expensive than most comparable apps.

TomTom GO Navigation

TomTom International BV

3. Waze

Do you want to contribute to good navigation? Then Waze is for you. The app, which is part of Google, is made for and by motorists. As a driver, you state the status of the traffic. That information is then forwarded to other Waze users, providing fast and accurate traffic information. Your route planning will be adjusted accordingly.

The community is really central to Waze and that makes navigating more fun. You get points for reporting accidents, for example, with which you ‘buy’ unique icons. If you meet another Waze user while driving, you will be given the option to digitally honk.

The signature Waze features can be seen in the Android Auto version of the app. Waze is modern, yet playfully designed and displays the maximum allowed speed, so you can avoid a fine.

Waze Navigation & Live Traffic

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4. Sygic

With Sygic you use navigation without internet and in Android Auto. You download maps of almost every country to your phone, including 3D maps. These are updated several times a year. The app contains several useful functions that you will not find everywhere. This is how you project AR driving instructions onto the road with the original Real View Navigation mode.

The app also focuses on guiding users. Both in the car and on foot you are presented with a route and even offline you can still see lane guidance on the highway. Want to control navigation with your voice, see live speed limits or a heads-up display? Then you have to purchase the Premium version, which costs 20 euros per year.

5. Flitsmeister

This navigation app has been developed – as the name suggests – to warn users about speed cameras. Over the years, the service has been transformed into a full-fledged navigation app where traffic warnings are central.

Because drivers of the app report speed cameras, traffic jams and accidents, you know exactly where you stand. These notifications also appear on the screen in Android Auto, but are displayed large – so that you do not have to take your eyes off the road unnecessarily long.

Flitsmeister also communicates with smart traffic lights. You can then see in Android Auto whether a traffic light is red or green. This is useful when you cannot see the traffic light itself well, for example because of another car or your own car roof.

For the electric driver: A Better RoutePlanner

Then a small tip for when you drive an electric car. After all, you have to take into account your maximum driving range and charging your car. Not every navigation system in every electric car calculates a charging break during your journey. A Better RoutPlanner was created for that purpose.

Different electric cars have different specifications and that’s why you set ABRP for your car. As a result, the app knows exactly how long you can drive before you have to stop. When calculating the route, the app automatically calculates which charging stations are best for you to reach your final destination.

This also translates again in the Android Auto version of the app. Unfortunately, you cannot see per charging station whether it is occupied or not, but at least you leave home prepared.

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