Toyota accidentally leaks CarPlay plans, says feature coming to 2015 models

“Toyota had a bit of a slip up this morning on its official UK blog,” Jordan Kahn reports for 9to5Mac.

“The company, which has long been announced by Apple as one of its partners working on CarPlay, today accidentally released its plans to release the feature in upcoming new vehicles,” Kahn reports. “Before quickly removing the statement (we grabbed a screenshot, [see full article]) and replacing it with a denial of its own blog post, someone at Toyota gave the go ahead to announce CarPlay is “coming soon” in 2015 models.”

Kahn writes, “It’s not too difficult to see that someone at Toyota jumped the gun on this one, but the info came from somewhere and it’s likely the company’s plan internally is to shoot for a 2015 release.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Sarah” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

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18 Comments

    1. My own reading of the situation is outside a couple of hundred diehard Apple fans no one will give a flying monkey’s brass balls about the availability, or otherwise, of CarPlay.

      1. Car manufacturers aren’t going to go and offer an option like carplay for a couple of hundred diehard Apple fans. It costs quite a bit of money to make changes to a cars infotainment system to support something like carplay. I know because I write software for car infotainment systems. Try not to show so much hate next time.

        1. Some questions about CarPlay:

          – Did Apple bear some or all of the cost of developing CarPlay for each car model.
          – Did Apple offer financial incentives to car manufacturers to incorporate CarPlay into their car information system.
          – Did Apple give the car manufacturers the bare API framework of CarPlay and expect the manufacturer to develop CarPlay on their own.

          1. Easy

            – Each Model? No. Each manufacturer? Yes. Apple probably had people’s time assigned to each manufacturer’s system. Engineering time is valuable. Did they make their equipment? probably not.

            – Did Apple offer financial incentives? PPppphhhh.. Yea Right.
            The car manufatuers are falling all overthemselves to differenciate their high-end systems form the low end, and making it compatible with the worlds most popular smartphone is a no-brainer. Also, I bet their customers (read: noraml customers) are demanding a more elegant solution for syncing their phone and having to live update maps when their phone already has a map.

            – Carplay is an API exposed to partners, but requires minimum hardware specs and hooks for those APIs. I’m sure that engineering from #1 helped here, because it is a solution. But ultimately, it was about making the dumb screen in the car be able to handle airplay streaming and limited UI input back to the phone, so there isn’t THAT much to do on the car side. Apple prbably did the heavy lifting by making their SOFTWARE and partner apps be adaptable to multiple resolutions and ratios found on the car’s screen.

            This is less about the car’s hardware and more about the car’s software being able to pass touches and button presses to the new computer running everything – the iOS device.

            1. i enjoyed reading that. my eye cue swelled a little bit. so, it sounds like the manufacturers aren’t as committed as one might think, that is, if something new swept the popular handheld market, they could migrate from carplay without a lot of headache ..in theory. Not likely, though ..it’s like pepsi when all they wanted was name association with mikel jackson but in advertising 101, unbeknownst to the other cast of characters, we find the cola maker was really an arsonist with a pituitary problem or something like that …or so I heard.

              I would think, though, for practical concerns, they wouldn’t want the driver taking their eyes off the road, so, siri’s capable awareness would increase to play a prominent interactive role. sorry, i’m trying to sound smart.

          2. CarPlay is designed to hook into a car’s existing QNX system. Apple worked with QNX so CarPlay can overlay QNX when an iPhone is plugged in. Otherwise, the infotainment system runs on QNX (actually runs on QNX always, just the CarPlay interface takes over the input functions).

            Automakers make the options for their infotainment systems: touchscreen or not, what buttons to offer, etc. Those are linked into QNX. CarPlay then comes along and takes over the input methods executed by the automaker and can add more depending on the input available.

            For example, Volvo has implemented a full touchscreen method. CarPlay can run off of that. However, BMW will likely maintain its iDrive controller, and CarPlay will take over that and will not have touch inputs. The reasons are many, but in these two examples, the Volvo is an entirely new model so Volvo could design the dash with CarPlay in mind.

            BMW has had its dash design, which is implemented in a similar manner across its vehicle line, in place for a couple of years and the screen is mounted high up on the dash, far away from the drive. So a touchscreen is not practical, plus BMW has been developing its iDrive system for 10+ years. It controls much more than the entertainment selections, and therefore BMW is not about to abandon it (you can access the owner’s manual, change all manner of car settings, and items like oil levels are accessed through the system as there are no dipsticks any longer in BMWs).

            I seriously doubt Apple is paying the manufacturers to use CarPlay, but it may offer it for free to them. Apple definitely “provides” the APIs because it works with QNX, which is where the hooks for CarPlay to plug into are set. And I’m sure Apple bore the costs of developing CarPlay itself, but it also controlled the development as Apple likes to do.

      2. Your reading of the situation is terribly flawed. Many people look at multiple vehicles when buying a car, and if they have an iPhone, CarPlay and the seamless integration it offers (plus the promise of future upgradability) will be a very appealing option.

  1. The ability for devices to communicate and control each other has been established. By having universal hooks into the system – usb or bluetooth – its easy to run a device in a car from your phone.
    What other companies are learning is that with touch screens the interface can be updated easily as new apps become available. I’ve been a bit disappointed with Toyota that they have never upgraded the display in my 2007 Prius. That type of youth is what breeds loyalty.
    Saying that I will probably buy another Prius due to all the improvements made in the latest versions and once CarPlay is available.

  2. What’s the leak? They are already committed to implementing it. If it’s a leak, how is it accidental, because it went missing? I think what happened here is no actual reporting took place.

    1. The leak was announcing that CarPlay would be implemented on 2015 models. Those cars will be out in about 6 months (or less), and so if someone was considering a new Toyota and wanted CarPlay, they very well may hold off until the vehicles with CarPlay come out. I know I would. Toyota wants to not slow its car sales down because people may wait for the CarPlay models.

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