Apple CarPlay: Siri is in Your Car Now Too
Apple has increased the number of vehicles that will do or will soon support a service previously unveiled in 2014 called Apple CarPlay. This is an offering that allows you to essentially get iOS functionality within the dashboard or screen in your vehicle.
So what does it do?
CarPlay brings the basic functions of your phone into your display to make driving safer while staying connected. Most of the connectivity features are delivered via Siri or can be manipulated with the touchscreen/knobs in your display. You can take phone calls, get directions, send/receive messages and play music. All of these features can be controlled via voice or with a touch of the screen.
Sure, there are plenty of vehicles with similar features already, the difference here is you actually have the iOS within your dash.
There is a long list of vehicle manufacturers that have partnered with Apple to incorporate CarPlay into their future vehicles. Which makes complete sense, given the number of iPhone users out there and that no car company is really in the mobile phone business. This is simply the power of Apple and the need for car manufacturers to offer as many features as possible.
Here are some of the major players that are already signed up for CarPlay:
If you want to see if your future vehicle is compatible, here is the long list of 2017 models that support CarPlay via Apple.
The devices that are compatible are the iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6s/6s Plus, iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C & iPhone 5.
To answer the most important question, no, it isn’t as easy as just downloading the app to your phone. The only way you can currently get CarPlay in your vehicle is to upgrade your car with an aftermarket system from Alpine, Kenwood, Pioneer or Sony. Future models won’t need this upgraded system, as the car manufacturers should be building this into the newer models.
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