“Over the last week, I drove the closest thing we have to an Apple Car right now: a 2016 Chevy Malibu equipped with support for Apple CarPlay,” Jason Cipriani writes for Fortune. “Yet you could easily replace the make and model with any vehicle that supports CarPlay. A complete list of car manufacturers offering CarPlay compatible models can be found online.”
“This was my first experience with CarPlay, or for that matter, any sort of system designed to duplicate smartphone’s capabilities inside a car. I went into this experience unsure of what to expect, and I came out of it rather surprised by the overall experience,” Cipriani writes. “Initial setup was a breeze. Using my iPhone’s Lightning cable, I connected my smartphone to the Malibu. A prompt asked me to unlock my iPhone and grant the Malibu permission to access my device using CarPlay. This was a one-time setup process with future connections requiring that I simply connect my iPhone to the Lightning cable to begin using CarPlay. With CarPlay activated, a familiar but limited grid of app icons displayed on the screen. Phone, Messages, Maps, Music, Podcasts, Now Playing, and Audiobooks populated first followed by MLB’s At Bat app.”
“Using Apple’s own apps will provide a nearly identical experience to those found on your iPhone, albeit a more simplified version,” Cipriani writes. “In Messages, for example, immediately after tapping on the icon, Siri asks for the message recipient. After stating a name, Siri asks for the message body before the virtual assistant reads the text back for accuracy. Once done, Siri sends the message—all without you having to take your eyes off the road. Placing a phone call follows a similar process.”
Much more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Note to luxury vehicle makers: If you don’t have Apple’s CarPlay, you’re doomed.
Note to peddlers of poorly-made cheapo tin cans: Make sure you include Android Auto for the rabble.
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