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.”

Read more in the full article here.

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    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.

  3. I would be even more excited if this encouraged car makers to add a usable and convenient dock to their cars so that iPhones could be dropped in rather than having to fish out a cable or use BT.

    For longer trips you still need power so why not set up a dock properly. Obviously it would need to accommodate Lightning and microUSB (maybe 30pin Apple) but that’s not too hard to figure out.

    1. The problem with having a dock is that phone manufacturers change their phone models at least annually (Samsung is more like quarterly). There’s no way an auto manufacturer can design any kind of universal dock. Automakers have to think about usability for 10-15 years down the road.

      Plus, I think the idea is to get your phone put out of sight and just use the car’s touch screen, so that you at least don’t move your eyes too far off of the road (and it limits what is displayed, unlike your phone).

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