And other third-party nav apps too

With the launch of iOS 12, the operating system behind the iPhone later this year, Apple users will soon be able to use Google Maps and other third-party navigation apps via the infotainment system of compatible cars.

The announcement was made as part of today's keynote speech at Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Diego, California.

From the brief mention in today's presentation, we know Google Maps, Waze and Alibaba's AutoNavi will work via CarPlay when the iOS 12 update is released later this year.

This will mean drivers will be able to control the navigation app of their choice via their car's touchscreen or through voice commands.

Until now, CarPlay has only supported mirroring of Apple Maps, an app many consider inferior to the product offered by Google.

This has meant only Android phone users with an Android Auto-compatible infotainment system or audio head unit have been able to use Google Maps' navigation feature via their car's biggest screen.

iOS 12 will be available for free via an over-the-air update during the spring of 2018, although a beta version of the software will come online later this month.