Google Maps and Waze betas test CarPlay support ahead of iOS 12 release

This summer, Apple announced CarPlay would be getting an important update within iOS 12, finally offering support for third-party navigation apps.
Now, just days before iOS 12 is released to the public on September 17, new versions of Google Maps and Waze with CarPlay support are available in beta.
Screenshots posted to Reddit show the Google Maps app running on CarPlay. The Reddit poster in question, who claims to have access due to his position as a ‘high level Local Guide’, says the Map UI is ‘pretty identical’ to the iOS app itself.
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“I’m on the Google Maps’ beta testing, and they just pushed CarPlay support. The map UI is pretty identical, the UI before starting navigation (where it shows other routes) is pretty identical, the navigational text has a green background, there’s a settings icon on the top right where you go and can toggle satellite view, avoid highways/tolls, and North up. Eager to test it out next time I drive.”

Whether the app update will be ready to go as soon as iOS 12 lands on Monday remains to be seen, but judging by the screenshots posted on Friday, the app looks ready to go.
Earlier on Friday, 9to5Mac reported the latest Waze for iOS beta had arrived within the private beta program. Judging by correspondence received by one Twitter user, the app doesn’t appear to be ready for prime time just yet, with the company still requesting feedback.

Yay waze about to be on CarPlay! This makes my day! @waze @Apple pic.twitter.com/CmKLIaksMz
— Chris Harper (@ChrisHarper27) September 14, 2018

It appears Waze may be preparing for an October launch, so CarPlay users might be stuck with Apple Maps for a little while yet. If you have access to either the Waze or Google Maps iOS betas featuring CarPlay, be sure to share your experiences with us on social media.
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