Apple’s CarPlay looks like the future of in-car infotainment

“Ferrari has become the first car manufacturer to adopt Apple CarPlay, a new infotainment system that let’s you see the iPhone interface displayed on the car’s touch screen and access apps in exactly the same way you would on the phone itself,” Stuff Magazine reports. “Why would a master of style like Ferrari need to avail itself of Apple’s talents in quite such an undiluted, literal way?”

“A quick look through the legion of infotainment in cars across the board gives a pretty good idea of why. While some are OK, many are downright clunky,” Stuff reports. “The history of the modern, connected, infotainment screen can be traced back to the first generation BMW iDrive system launched on the 7-Series in 2001. Based on the Windows CE operating system, the design of the iDrive interface was counter intuitive in just about every respect,” Stuff reports. “So perhaps leaving the design of an infotainment system’s graphical user interface to the people who invented the graphical user interface isn’t such a bad idea after all.”

“Although it’s starting in pole position, Ferrari won’t be the only manufacturer to take CarPlay. Volvo announced it will launch the system in the XC90 next year, Nissan will also be also introducing it to the lineup in 2015 and so will 14 other manufacturers at some stage, including Mercedes. Does CarPlay represent the future of in-car Infotainment systems?” Stuff reports. “Judging by the seamless way the iPhone integrates with the Ferrari and that fact that for an existing iPhone user, the learning curve is zero, it certainly looks that way.”

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41 Comments

  1. What? CarPlay is coming to Volvos? This is bullshit! I don’t like Volvos! I want it available for my Kia Rio and no where else! (Stomp foot) Also gold is a bullshit color, phones larger than 3.3″ are bullshit. Resolutions higher than my MacPlus are bullshit! Side-by-side refrigerators are bullshit! Nikes are bullshit. Chocolate Twizzlers are bullshit! Bullshit!bullshit!bullshit!

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