Category Archives: CarPlay

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Over 24 Million Cars Could be Fitted with CarPlay by 2019, New Report Claims

Market research and intelligence firm ABI Research has forecasted that Apple’s CarPlay technology could be in over 24 million cars by 2019, according to a new research note released yesterday.

With so many supporting CarPlay, ABI Research forecasts that in 2019 over 24 million new cars will be fitted with CarPlay. As well as CarPlay, ABI Research believes that the uptake of MirrorLink will also be fairly significant but predicts that more cars will be fitted with CarPlay.

The firm’s optimism is derived mainly from the popularity of the iPhone and also the large number of carmakers that Apple has gotten on board with the technology.

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Apple Expands CarPlay with 9 New Partners, Including Chrysler, Mazda and Fiat

Following German auto maker Audi’s recent announcement that it would be integrating CarPlay into its upcoming models, eight other carmakers have pledged support for the technology as well, according to Apple’s updated CarPlay site.

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The eight new carmakers are:

  • Abarth
  • Alfa Romeo
  • Chrysler
  • Dodge
  • Fiat
  • Jeep
  • Mazda
  • Ram

CarPlay is Apple’s new in-vehicle extended iOS functionality that allows any user to connect a Lightning-compatible iPhone and access the phone’s functions via the dashboard. These functions including making calls, receiving text messages and utilising Siri.

As of today, the following five automakers will be introducing new models in 2014 that support CarPlay: Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo.

Earlier this year, consumer electronics manufacturers Pioneer and Alpine also announced upcoming aftermarket systems compatible with CarPlay. Currently, users have to rely on consoles that come pre-installed with existing models of vehicles that support the functionality.

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CarPlay Announcements Expected During WWDC Keynote

According to 9to5Mac, Apple is displaying various models of cars at the Moscone Center, where it will be kicking off its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in less than 2 hours, seemingly hinting at CarPlay related announcements during its keynote presentation later.

 

Ferrari FF displayed at Moscone Center (image via @HarrisonW1998 on Twitter)
Ferrari FF displayed at Moscone Center (image via @HarrisonW1998 on Twitter)

The company announced CarPlay at last year’s WWDC event, touting it as a new in-vehicle extended iOS functionality that allows users to connect any iPhone with a Lightning Connector to any CarPlay-compatible vehicle console, and in turn access a whole range of iOS functions via an in-built display.

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Several companies have released aftermarket CarPlay consoles this year, with Alpine being the first in April. Shortly after, Pioneer announced impending software updates for its existing in-dash multimedia receivers to support CarPlay, and Hyundai followed up with an announcement that its 2015 Hyundai Sonata would be supporting the technology.

Apple also announced via its CarPlay site that several marques, including Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Honda, would be introducing CarPlay in their soon-to-released 2014 models.

According to 9to5Mac, Apple does indeed have plans to elaborate on the increasing aftermarket support it has received for CarPlay earlier this year:

It’s not just Ferraris, however.  We’ve also been told that classic cars and other vehicles are displayed around the event hinting that Apple could have plans to talk more about the aftermarket support it confirmed earlier this year.

Apple is also expected to unveil iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 during its keynote presentation later. The event will begin at 10 AM PDT (1 AM SGT on Tuesday morning).

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2015 Hyundai Sonata to Support Apple’s CarPlay

Car manufacturer Hyundai announced today that its upcoming 2015 model of the Hyundai Sonata will feature integration with Apple’s CarPlay technology.

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Hyundai’s latest Audio Video Navigation (AVN) systems are already recognized for their beautiful, yet intuitive interface and advanced feature set. Our engineers took advantage of the vivid eight-inch touchscreen to integrate CarPlay for an experience that iPhone users will instantly recognize. A Sonata equipped with CarPlay, lets drivers have the ability to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages. With CarPlay, Siri provides drivers an eyes-free experience by responding to requests through voice commands and can be easily accessed directly through the Voice button on the steering wheel. Using a Lighting connector, CarPlay works with iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5 running the latest version of iOS 7.

CarPlay is Apple’s new in-vehicle extended iOS functionality that allows any user to connect a Lightning-compatible iPhone and access the phone’s functions via the dashboard. These functions including making calls, receiving text messages and utilising Siri.

Hyundai’s announcement comes a day after electronics manufacturer Pioneer’s announcement that it will offer firmware updates for its existing dashboard systems to support CarPlay. The day before, Alpine Electronics announced that it will be rolling out the first aftermarket CarPlay console later this year.

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Pioneer to Offer Firmware Update to Support Apple’s CarPlay

Consumer electronics manufacturer Pioneer announced today that it will be releasing a firmware update for its existing in-dash multimedia receivers to support Apple’s CarPlay technology.

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CarPlay is Apple’s new in-vehicle extended iOS functionality that allows any user to connect a Lightning-compatible iPhone and access the phone’s functions via the dashboard. These functions including making calls, receiving text messages and utilising Siri.

“Pioneer’s years of expertise integrating smartphone connectivity into the automotive environment has provided us the opportunity to be among the first to offer CarPlay to drivers,” said Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “By providing an aftermarket option, Pioneer’s 2014 in-dash multimedia systems give many iPhone owners the ability to add CarPlay to their current vehicles.”

The announcement by Pioneer follows Alpine Electronics’ announcement yesterday that it would be selling the first aftermarket CarPlay console later in the year.

Pioneer states in its press release that its CarPlay firmware update would only be applicable to the following five 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receivers:

The AVIC-8000NEX ($1400 SRP), AVIC-7000NEX ($1200 SRP), AVIC-6000NEX ($900 SRP), AVIC-5000NEX ($750 SRP) and AVH-4000NEX ($700 SRP) are currently available at authorized Pioneer Car Electronics dealers nationwide, including Best Buy, Crutchfield and Car Toys.