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Apple's CarPlay system turns your entire car into an iPhone hands-free

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Apple's CarPlay system turns your entire car into an iPhone hands-free

At the New York International Auto Show, Apple's CarPlay system was demonstrated in upcoming cars by Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, and Hyundai. In its current form, Siri becomes the lead mediator between your iPhone and the vehicle. Instead of the iPhone's mic, Siri listens to your voice via microphones built in the auto, and functions as an elaborate hands-free tool - it lets you call, text, listen to music and set travel routes.


Other than this basic mechanism, Apple has left it up to vehicle makers to decide how best to incorporate CarPlay in their products. Thus, Hyundai and Volvo drivers will be caressing touch-screen displays, while Mercedes-Benz is going the old-fashioned physical buttons route. Additionally, Volvo has decided to let CarPlay access and control the vehicle's facilities, such as climate control, while the other two treat it like an app that's supposed to be opened and closed depending on whether you use it. This doesn't sound very seamless.


Apart from the aforementioned manufacturers, only Ferrari and Honda will be launching CarPlay-enabled vehicles this year. But if you don't want to buy a brand-new luxury car, fret not, as Pioneer will be launching an aftermarket receiver that should fit in your current ride (and budget).


source: The Verge

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posted on 17 Apr 2014, 09:20 1

1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2755; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Looks super boring. I prefer what the car manufacturers offer.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 09:47

2. superfans (Posts: 144; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)


" Google's CarPlay system turns your entire car into a android hands-free "

Comment : Looks super interesting. I will not prefer what the car manufacturers offer.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 09:53 2

3. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2755; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Nope. Well of course many of the OSes in cars are based on Android, but you wouldn't recognize it as Android. Any mobile OS would look dull in cars. If I buy a Honda or BMW, I want it's system to look like a Honda or BMW. Not like Google or Apple.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 14:17

9. stealthd (Posts: 966; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


I think you're just naysaying. It's only supposed look like Apple or Google when you're using your phone, otherwise it looks like whatever Honda or BMW want it to look like. Why would you not want using your phone in the car to be more like using your phone everywhere else?

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 14:27 1

11. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2755; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Carplay is just like iOS... Few rows of icons on a black background

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 11:49

5. Scott93274 (Posts: 953; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


It's called the Moto X, does everything this crap does, and it’s been on the market for the better part of a year. Nothing new exciting going on at Apple I see.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 22:40

13. lyndon420 (Posts: 1739; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


This is obviously meant as sarcasm on your part, but in all reality it will most likely be quite something when Google starts doing this. With everything that Google has at their disposal now - internet search, robotics, drones, self driving cars, an operating system that can be implemented into almost anything etc etc etc...at some point apple may find itself crawling to Google's aid for something going forward into the future. Google is getting their hands into everything, whereas apple up until now has just their desktop, laptop and tablet computers, phones and mp3 players, and desire to find new ways to take your money. Apple has done little to nothing in regards to charities and the betterment of the world or the future of technology.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 22:28

12. lyndon420 (Posts: 1739; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Boring yes...until you tap into the travel routes capabilities lol. I would imagine maybe a scene or two out of the old Christine movie depending on what mapping system is used (not going to say it, not going to say it lol)

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 11:46

4. Scott93274 (Posts: 953; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


How much does this device cost? I ask because my Moto X already does everything this thing does. Without touching my phone say "OK Google Now, Play Nine Inch Nails" Or "Take me Home", Or "call/text My wife". Having to buy an entirely separate (and costly) unit and having to pay someone to install it into your vehicle when another less expensive phone is capable of doing it all by itself is somewhat ridiculous.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 14:22

10. stealthd (Posts: 966; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


There'll be aftermarket systems starting out at $500-700, but most people will just get the systems preinstalled in new cars. A phone with voice commands still isn't ideal for in car though. It's still better to get the bigger in dash touch screen, use in-dash/steering wheel controls, and use the car system's microphone. The Moto X can do of it, but if it were perfect then Google wouldn't be working on better in car integration right now.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 13:29

7. SleekGeek (banned) (Posts: 17; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


Here is a little known fact concerning Apple's CarPlay: It runs on top of BlackBerry's QNX operating system. That's what makes "CarPlay" possible. I wonder why an important fact like that got left out?

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 14:11 1

8. stealthd (Posts: 966; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


It's left out because it isn't really an important fact. QNX is most often used as an embedded system. It doesn't really matter that it's QNX to the user. CarPlay runs on QNX because it's not meant to replace any car system. It's a better interface for an iPhone when you're using an iPhone, but when you're not using an iPhone you won't get the CarPlay system.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 06:31

14. SleekGeek (banned) (Posts: 17; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


Actually, it is important. I know QNX is an embedded system, and it matters because without it, Apple's CarPlay would not be possible. It's that embedded system called QNX that allows the whole thing to function.

Just giving props when props are due.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 12:03

15. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 851; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


And the battle over that automobile begins...

This is going to be interesting because NOT everyone owns an iPhone or Android phone. Then what happens? Are you stuck with a system you can't use?

There needs to either be choices or a system that works with everyone's phone to accomplish the basics of making/receiving calls, writing/reading text messages, playing music.

posted on 19 Apr 2014, 09:19

16. rallyguy (Posts: 550; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


Wow. Thanks for the lack of information. So how does it work and what will it do?

How is this different from say Ford Sync, other than being a different company in all aspects.

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