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As expected, Apple on Monday announced its latest push into the automotive space with CarPlay, a rebadged "iOS in the Car" that integrates the touch and voice controls of iOS with a car's infotainment system.

CarPlay


Announced at the Geneva Motor Show, CarPlay is a rebadging of "iOS in the Car," which Apple revealed at its Worldwide Developers Conference in 2013. Reports last week pointed to today's reveal, though the name change is somewhat of a surprise.

"CarPlay has been designed from the ground up to provide drivers with an incredible experience using their iPhone in the car," said Apple's vice president of iPhone and iOS Product Marketing Greg Joswiak. "iPhone users always want their content at their fingertips and CarPlay lets drivers use their iPhone in the car with minimized distraction. We have an amazing lineup of auto partners rolling out CarPlay, and we're thrilled it will make its debut this week in Geneva."

The first examples of CarPlay will come from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo, all of which are premiering the technology in various car models this week. Other automakers like BMW, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai Motor Company, Jaguar, Land Rover, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, PSA Peugeot Citro?n, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota will be rolling out CarPlay-compatible cars down the road.

CarPlay


In operation, drivers connect their Lightning-equipped iPhone via a hardline, assumedly allowing for charging while pushing phone operations to the on-board infotainment system. A steering wheel-mounted voice control button activates Siri to cut down on distractions in the cockpit, though users can also interface with iOS 7-inspired controls if a car comes equipped with a touchscreen. According to Apple, CarPlay can access all knobs, buttons and dials controlling an in-car display.

Drivers can place phone calls, listen to voice mail messages, access contacts and have text messages read to them by Siri. Mapping is also integrated into CarPlay, including turn-by-turn directions that show up on a car's screen.

CarPlay


Entertainment options include access to an iPhone's music library, podcasts, audiobooks, iTunes Radio and music streaming apps like Spotify, Beats Music and iHeartRadio.

CarPlay will come as an update to iOS 7 and works with Lightning-enabled iPhones, including the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5. Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are expected to ship models with CarPlay in 2014.
post #2 of 90
Looks good!

At the bottom of Apple's CarPlay page, it says that it's compatible with iPhone 5S, 5C, and 5. So, it probably works via Bluetooth with your phone, which is like how our 2014 Honda CR-V works with our phones now.

Looking forward to it reading texts and accepting dictation, as well as picking up addresses for driving directions from contacts.

Lots of manufacturers lined up, too.

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The interface is very ordinary. Doesn't look exciting like all the rest of Apple UI before iOS 7.

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This is really good news, it's great that Apple are making deals with big players in the Auto industry.... however... I'd love to see play nice Apple and release it for retro fitting to other vehicles, please! Apple iOS in the car for everyone. PLEASE.
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It's probably the future of in car systems, that they have no "system" of their own, they are just a docking station for the driver's phone and it controls all the screens.

Maybe one day it will be impossible to drive a car without plugging your phone in first, and it will have your license on it?
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No Volkswagen Group in the list.
That's a huge omission in my opinion.

It's a pity Audi partnered with Google on Android based car infotainment.

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Well, I guess it's time for a new car. But too bad you have to hardwire it to your phone instead of Bluetooth. I'm sure it's faster and more reliable hardwired, though. Just less convenient.

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No Volkswagen Group in the list.

It would seem obvious, especially given their ethos and early adoption of iPod integration.

That integration is/was amazingly poor in implementation, though. A stupid little cradle that is too narrow for anything other than a classic, horribly finicky for the asymmetric 30-pin of the nano and obviously incompatible with even the old iPhones. Why so pedantic about it, VW/AG?

I find it hilarious how bad the software is on these in-car "infotainment" systems. Surely it's easier to say GPS/radio, but I digress.

They are truly shockingly horrible, especially when they come with resistive touchscreens like a 90s mall kiosk gimmick. And apparently it doesn't matter if you're VW, Alfa, Merc, they're all horrible and ill-conceived.

Just give me an aux in and I'll struggle with pressing play and mounting it myself; frankly I'd rather turn that huge dangerous unresponsive distraction off completely.
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Still using CD's in this fancy brand new iOS in the Car "state of the art" system!

This would never have happened if Steve was alive;-P
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"Entertainment options include access to an iPhone's music library, podcasts, audiobooks, iTunes Radio and music streaming apps like Spotify, Beats Music and iHeartRadio."

 

This is fantastic news!

If this update comes to iOS 7, I expect that it would also work outside of the car. I am so waiting for the option to search for music or launch playlists on spotify with Siri! So excited about this apparently small news!

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No Volkswagen Group in the list.
That's a huge omission in my opinion.

It's a pity Audi partnered with Google on Android based car infotainment.

So that means when people pays 1 million for Lamborghini they gonna get some lag virus stealing data Android instead of iOS, are the Volkwagen group stupid? literally 90% who has a Lamborghini are using iPhones fact

 

Please Apple acquire Lamborghini from them!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

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some lag virus stealing data Android

Did you just put together all the bad words you could think of in a random order?

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No Volkswagen Group in the list.

That's a huge omission in my opinion.
It's a pity Audi partnered with Google on Android based car infotainment.

I believe all the major manufacturers will be baking in both iOS and Android infotainment integration. Yesterday there was a news blurb that Daimler (Mercedes) is planning worldwide use of Android in the car the translated name being Google Projected Mode. Since MB announced iOS Carplay it's pretty obvious they'll be doing both. No doubt IMM that Audi will too. Only working with devices from half your buyers wouldn't be particularly smart.
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I hope they do A system where you can rip out your old radio and put in this new system into your Old car
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Ok, rumor mill will have Shipplay and Planeplay coming...and Samjerks and Googfxxk will copy those rumors into their next product...
post #16 of 90
So rather than Apple making an iPad for your car they have decided to make an Apple TV for your car.
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The interface is very ordinary. Doesn't look exciting like all the rest of Apple UI before iOS 7.
I think you forgot /s
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When hardwiring the phone can it then use the bigger antennas of the car, or would it still use it's one with all the rays being reflected inside the car until they can escape through one of the windows?

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Good day to announce this, right after the Samsung awards last night. 1biggrin.gif
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When you plug your phone in, can Siri then drive?

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No Volkswagen Group in the list.

That's a huge omission in my opinion.
It's a pity Audi partnered with Google on Android based car infotainment.

The two Germans went with Goog. Shame. Two major omissions.
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The two Germans went with Goog. Shame. Two major omissions.

Correction: Two major additions.

They'll all end up with iOS. They'll all end up with Android too. Some just announced one before the other.
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So that means when people pays 1 million for Lamborghini they gonna get some lag virus stealing data Android instead of iOS, are the Volkwagen group stupid? literally 90% who has a Lamborghini are using iPhones fact

Please Apple acquire Lamborghini from them!!!!!!!!!!!

Wow, was just on Wikipedia after your comment. Never knew VW Group owned Bugatti, Bently, Porsche, Lamborghini, Ducati, Audi, and others.
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post #24 of 90
Amazing how many clueless people there are. Over at the Verge there are people who think the cars dash system won't work If they don't own an iPhone. Good grief. CarPlay is basically like AirPlay. If you don't own an iPhone then CarPlay won't display on the screen. I highly doubt auto manufacturers are going to look down their dash systems to iPhone only. Plus what if you don't have your phone on you? You don't get a working dash/radio? Come on people use your brain. If there are any special requirements then most likely it will be an option you can select when buying the car. If you don't select it, no CarPlay, no iPhone necessary,
post #25 of 90
I like the tweaks they made to the UI. I much prefer the circular buttons to the rectangles. I'm glad some of the out of place rectangles in iOS 7 are moving to circles. More consistency.

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The 5 dots signal indicator really doesn't work in that second image. Because it's on its own line and carries no contextual information it looks odd. They should have stuck with the old signal indicator and faded out 'LTE' somewhat IMO.

 

Not a designer though!

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When hardwiring the phone can it then use the bigger antennas of the car

No. The "bigger antennas" are the wrong wavelength. With antennas, bigger is not better. The antenna length has to be matched to the frequency band of the signals you are trying to transmit or receive on.

Size matters! (But bigger is not necessarily better!)
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The reason this took so long is because carmakers move at a glacial pace compared to the computer industry. How long did the world have small music devices of every type before carmakers included auxillary inputs?!? Answer: forever.

 

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The 5 dots signal indicator really doesn't work in that second image. Because it's on its own line and carries no contextual information it looks odd. They should have stuck with the old signal indicator and faded out 'LTE' somewhat IMO.

Not a designer though!
I'm guessing anyone that is running iOS 7 knows what the dots represent. But maybe they could have made them smaller and fit LTE next to them.
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It's good to see BMW and Ford on the CarPlay list.  

This is a revolution in car radio with support for Beats Radio, iHeartRadio, Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher.

http://www.apple.com/ios/carplay/

 

 

This Year                                 Future

Ferrari                                       BMW

Honda                                      Chevrolet

Hyunday                                   Ford

Jaguar                                      KIA

Mercedes-Benz                        Land-Rover

Volvo                                        Mitsubishi

                                                Nissan

                                                Opel

                                                Peugeot Citroën

                                                Subaru

                                                Suzuki

                                                Toyota

 

iPhone owners, plan your car purchases carefully :)

 

Notably Missing Out:  :no: The Volkswagen group of cars including: AudiBentleyBugattiLamborghiniPorsche, BEAT and Volkswagen.


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No Volkswagen Group in the list.
That's a huge omission in my opinion.

It's a pity Audi partnered with Google on Android based car infotainment.

 

Why bother? They make terrible cars anyway...

 

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/car-news/consumer-news/62383/german-cars-among-worst-engine-failures

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The reason this took so long is because carmakers move at a glacial pace compared to the computer industry. How long did the world have small music devices of every type before carmakers included auxillary inputs?!? Answer: forever.

 

 

I'd also like an OBD port next to the aux...

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I'm surprised this isn't on the front page of apple.com
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I'd also like an OBD port next to the aux...

 

Usually in your passenger footwell under the dash, and the irony being that the original head unit shown almost certainly had aux input. They were pretty common around that era.

 

Frankly these days more focus needs to be on incredibly simplistic HUD designs. The idea of on screen button controls that are simple circles I think is a mistake, it takes too long for pattern recognition to work.

 

On-wheel controls is a much better system, glad to see Apple is definitely integrating with them.

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I'd also like an OBD port next to the aux...

On my 2006 VW Passat the OBD is on the dash too, right next to the ashtray under a pop-off panel—very convenient. The factory stereo was also prewired for iPod control (30 pin, of course) and another, separate auxiliary in (standard 1/8" stereo phone jack). Half an hour and $50 later, I had decent control of my iPod Touch from the stereo head while iPod stays charged and relatively safe in the glove box.

 

The bad news is the stereo sounds like crap. The frequency response was quite obviously tuned for the American market: loose, heavily boosted bass for the all the idiots who are going deaf and making themselves yet more stupid listening to trash music; heavily boosted treble to compensate for their inevitable high frequency hearing loss. One must turn the bass and treble down to -9 to hear any midrange at all.

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The GUI is a bit disappointing - the setting icons on the left feel awkward and aligned to the top - the menu icon feels very non Jony. I can only assume that this part of the hardware from the car-maker

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Is that really a text message icon in the upper right?  Is that safe to use while driving?

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The GUI is a bit disappointing - the setting icons on the left feel awkward and aligned to the top - the menu icon feels very non Jony
Which ones? The music icons are the same as the music app iOS.
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Is that really a text message icon in the upper right?  Is that safe to use while driving?

 

I think you're supposed to dictate it / have them read back to you. It seems likely to distract you though, hell navigation is bad enough.

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Eighteen months left on my lease. Lately have been getting Honda Pilots, but looking at the Ford Explorer next time around. Looks like by the 2016 models I should be good and this feature will have had significant "tire kicking" by then.
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