Electric vehicles (EVs) are the transportation of the future, and Mapbox is pioneering innovation in EV navigation solutions. According to the International Energy Agency, EV sales doubled in 2021 from the previous year to a new record of 6.6 million. In 2022, global sales of electric cars reached two million sold in the first quarter, up seventy-five percent from the same period in 2021.
But with a changing industry comes growing pains, and not all consumers are eager to switch to electric vehicles. Issues such as range anxiety threaten the mass market adoption of EVs. Companies are searching for answers to customer concerns, and Mapbox is providing a breakthrough solution.
Mapbox has been awarded the AutoTech Breakthrough Award for ‘Navigation Technology Solution of the Year’ for our EV Routing solution. EV Routing implements EV-specific navigation tools to help drivers find the most efficient routes that intelligently account for charging locations and times.
With this game-changing navigation solution, EV companies are sure to ease stress on drivers, win over skeptical consumers, and pave the way forward for the transportation industry.
Mapbox’s Breakthrough EV Routing Solution
Mapbox’s EV Routing reduces range anxiety by enabling automakers and navigation app developers to ensure drivers use the most efficient routes by intelligently accounting for charging locations, charging times, changing traffic conditions, vehicle performance, and factors that influence energy consumption.
By applying EV-relevant parameters on top of the core Mapbox routing engine, Mapbox developers have created the ideal solution for trip planning, real time routing, and accurate range predictability tailored to specific vehicles.
EV Trip Planning
Long journeys through unknown territory are particularly worrisome for drivers who experience range anxiety. Drivers often end up with more charging stops than required, taking longer detours and charging for longer than necessary. Mapbox EV Routing provides drivers with an intelligent EV trip planner that automatically identifies the best charging stops along the journey and the optimal charge time for each stop.
A typical EV driver on a trip might manually have to sift through dozens of charging stations and guess how much to charge at each one. On the contrary, Mapbox EV Routing can save drivers up to two hours trip time and one hour of charging time, without the unexpected alerts of low vehicle range.
EV Real-Time Routing
Even the best-laid plans can change, and Mapbox has EV drivers covered in dynamic circumstances. If a destination is no longer in range due to changing environmental conditions or driving modes, developers can auto-search for nearby charging stations or trigger a new route request.
A lack of range predictability is a significant factor fueling range anxiety among EV drivers. Mapbox EV Routing forms a seamless link between vehicle, location and traffic data to predict precise battery levels for the full trip ahead. This means that when a driver takes a journey on a road with varying speeds, elevation changes, or traffic conditions, they can still rely on an accurate range prediction.
Navigation Tailored To The Vehicle
Just as vehicles have different miles-per-gallon measurements, EVs have unique range characteristics. With Mapbox’s routing solution, developers can define vehicle characteristics to ensure the most accurate navigation suggestions. Mapbox EV Routing also accounts for factors that influence energy consumption such as driving behavior, road speed, road elevation, battery level, speed acceleration and deceleration, vehicle cabin consumption, and battery temperature.
The Very Best Navigation Technology
Mapbox is proud to be a leader in automotive technology, and honored to be recognized as AutoTech Breakthrough Awards “Navigation Technology Solution of the Year.” Our Electric Vehicle Routing solution will continue to improve the EV experience — eliminating range anxiety, saving drivers time and money, and increasing electric vehicle’s impact on the future of transportation.