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. 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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