While the entire world is regrouping after prolonged isolation due to the pandemic, we are increasingly relying on our applications to help us reconnect. Google Maps on Android Auto is an ever-improving affair that aims to make it easier for users to navigate from point A to point B — but that doesn’t mean everything is perfect. Google Maps software appears to be misbehaving on Android Auto once again, the latest problem possibly stemming from how Google Maps shuts down after a smartphone disconnects from some of the better Android Auto head unit settings inside the car.
Google has so far kept schtum on the app conundrum, even though this isn’t the first time some drivers have experienced a problem like this. One Reddit user calls this a well-known and recurring bug between Android Auto and Google Maps, adding that it disappeared for them soon after a few updates before returning again.
First spotted by several Redditors (via Auto Evolution), shocked users are claiming they’ll have to manually turn off Google Maps on their mobile devices once Android Auto is turned off. Usually, Google Maps handles this process automatically, but several shocking reports have piled up in the Android Auto subreddit noting that it failed to do just that. To add further insult to injury, several others report that Google Maps navigation shows up in their Notification Center even though they haven’t launched it, as if some sort of Android Specter is kidding and staring at them. taunting when they are sitting helplessly in their vehicles. When Android Auto and CarPlay first broke together, the glitch has left most app users scratching their heads, in addition to ruffling some drivers’ feathers. Auto Evolution says that vehicle owners will now reportedly have to manually turn off Google Maps “even when the app doesn’t launch on Android Auto,” which it notes is still not a known fix for the bug.