Voice-command searches for charge points on Zap-Map


Zap-Map has announced the launch of a free voice-activated function on Google Assistant, allowing users to search for EV charge points using voice commands at home, work or while driving using hands-free voice commands.

Available on Android and iOS mobile devices, Google Home and in-car using the latest version of Android Auto, Zap-Map uses natural language processing to provide voice responses to customers’ commands such as ‘find a charger nearby’.

Drivers can access Zap-Map’s database of public charge points to find charge points on route to a destination, or even filter by rapid or non-rapid devices. The information provided on charging locations includes the network operator, driving distance and status updates, including whether a charger is out of order or currently in use.

Ben Lane, co-founder of Zap-Map, commented: “The launch of voice integration on Zap-Map is a huge step towards our mission to accelerate the shift from fossil fuel to electric cars. We are providing a quick and simple way for EV drivers to find out information on charge points at home, on the move and, for the first time ever, hands-free when they most need it – while driving.”

Zap-Map plans to expand its services even further in 2020 by integrating with open in-car dash systems Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It will also launch its much-anticipated Zap-Pay feature, due in early 2020 – a dedicated payment service usable across multiple network providers. These features follow the success of the route planner which helps EV drivers plan longer journeys and Zap-Home, a network of private charging locations owned by households and businesses who have chosen to share electricity with other Zap-Map registered drivers.

Ben Lane added: “By continuing to offer a comprehensive suite of best-in-class digital tools, we’re helping drivers squeeze every drop of value from their EVs. This consolidation of various charging platforms, payment methods and user interfaces into a one-stop-shop app is making transition to EVs easier and more exciting than ever before.”

The new service is now available in Zap-Map’s voice app for Google Assistant and can be activated by saying ‘Hey Google… Talk to Zap-Map.’