Apple’s CarPlay in action (with video)

“With Apple CarPlay, the folks in Cupertino are attempting to create an in-car infotainment and smartphone integration system that doesn’t suck,” Patrick George reports for Jalopnik. “Here’s how it will work on the Volvo Concept Estate coming to Geneva this week.”

“Basically, CarPlay puts the features of your iPhone onto the interface of your car,” George reports, “giving you access to messages, your phone calls, maps, your music and other apps via the central touch screen.”

George reports, “It’s so simple and straightforward that it almost seems like an obvious solution, and that’s why it’s genius.”

 
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25 Comments

    1. Why? That makes no sense at all. Apple has most manufacturers on board to offer CarPlay, which will drive sound to any speakers in the vehicle. Apple should save it’s money and NOT buy Harmon Kardon, etc.

  1. Nice, I can’t believe nobody was able to beat Apple to this. This is a huge game changer, making all older attempts looking kludgy and dated.

    I can see car sales being lost if select brands don’t offer CarPlay. Once again Apple has shown how it should be done. Nothing out on the market comes close the the elegance and ease of use Apple has provided.

    I want to hear about third party after market solutions using CarPlay. Or is Apple only providing their technology to select car manufacturers? I refuse to get a new Jeep until this is available with them.

    1. Any manufacturer may sign up for CarPlay. Most have, some have not, most notably VW Group (which includes Audi) and Fiat/Chrysler (which includes Jeep).

      Those who do not offer it will come on board quickly I suspect.

    2. I was happy to see Ford is buying in! I’m tired of SYNC and it’s limitations. I will gladly trade in my Ford C-max for a new Ford C-max that includes Carplay!

  2. The most disappointing part of that video is that it does not show off any of the “hands free and eyes free” capabilities of the system. As far as I’m concerned, if they are implemented well, “hands free and eyes free” capabilities will be THE biggest selling points of this system.

    1. Agreed. Using all the touch controls is nearly as distracting as using a smartphone in the car. The genius will be in how well it works heads up with hands on the wheel.

        1. Actually, hard controls and buttons are much more effective in a car for keeping your eyes on the road. I should know, I have one car with touch controls and one card with hard controls, and the hard controls are the safer alternative.

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