It’s almost 2015, and most major carmakers are selling off their 2015 models to make way for the newer, 2016 models. Along with new models of cars comes new car technology, meaning that there will be a growing number of cars to take advantage of Apple’s CarPlay technology.
CarPlay itself allows users to access things like Maps, Music, Phone, Messages, and even third party software like Spotify, straight from their car’s dash. Not only that, but most of the action happens on the user’s smartphone, meaning that users with an iPhone don’t have to sync data across different systems, they simply have to plug their devices in or connect to their systems via Bluetooth, and everything should be good to go.
Most suggest that systems like CarPlay are early versions of the future of the car, with users using data from Maps to tell their car where to go in self-driving cars, and being able to access other apps and services by voice, enabling them to keep their eyes on the road before self-driving technology really takes off.
2017 Q7 (Launches Early 2016)
2016 ATS Coupe
2016 ATS-V Coupe
2016 ELR Coupe
2016 Camaro Convertible
2016 Corvette Z06
2016 Corvette Stingray
2016 Silverado 1500
2016 Silverado 2500HD
2016 Silverado 3500HD
2016 Ferrari California T
2016 Ferrari FF
2016 Sierra 1500
2016 Sierra 2500HD
2016 Sierra 3500HD
2016 Yukon XL
2016 Sierra and Yukon Denalis
2016 Accord (EX, EX-L and Touring)
2016 Accord Coupe (EX, EX-L, Touring)
2016 Civic (EX, EX-T, EX-L, Touring)
2016 Sonata (Later Availability)
2016 Optima (Later Availability)
2016 B-Class (Dec 2015 Prod. or Later)
2016 CLA (Dec 2015 Production or Later)
2016 GLA (Dec 2015 Production or Later)
2017 Mirage (Launches Spring 2016)
2017 911 Carrera (Launches 2016)
2017 911 Carrera S (Launches 2016)
2017 Macan S (Launches 2016)
2017 Macan GTS (Launches 2016)
2017 Macan Turbo (Launches 2016)
2016 Beetle (Excluding S)
2016 Golf (Excluding TSI Coupe)
2016 Golf GTI
2016 Golf R
2016 Golf SportWagen
2016 Jetta (Excluding S)
2016 Passat (Excluding S)
2016 Tiguan (Excluding S)
As you can see, there is quite a large a list of new cars to support CarPlay, however it’s certainly possible that most cars could be announced in the near future.
For example, while Acura hasn’t officially announced any support for CarPlay, Honda, Acura’s parent company, has. BMW has announced that it will support CarPlay, however it has not announced when or which models will be supported. Nissan has said that 2016 models will support CarPlay, however specific models have yet to be named, apart from the fact that the Altima will NOT support the software. Toyota is in a similar position, and has apparently put its CarPlay commitment on hold for the moment, instead partnering with Telenav for in-dash systems.
Of course, those that want to use Apple’s CarPlay but don’t want to have to buy a completely new car can still do so, with aftermarket units being available for between $600 and $1,400 depending on the specific model. These allow users to replace the radio unit with a full infotainment system, and can be installed in a range of different car models.
CarPlay, however, isn’t the only in-car infotainment system around. Google offers its own system, called Android Auto. The two systems have much in common, however there are a few key differences. CarPlay, for example, is very similar to iOS when it comes to design which makes it easy for iOS users to get used to. Android Auto, however, looks more like Google’s personal assistant, Google Now, offer card-based apps and an emphasis on voice control.
The news comes around the same time as an announcement by Ford that it would be adding Siri Eyes Free to a number of its older cars. Siri Eyes Free is a more limited form of connectivity to the iPhone, and enables users to do things like activate Siri from a steering wheel button.