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

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



1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

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

2. superfans

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

3. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 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.

9. stealthd unregistered

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?

11. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

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

5. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

10. stealthd unregistered

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.

7. SleekGeek

Posts: 17; Member since: Apr 14, 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?

8. stealthd unregistered

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.

14. SleekGeek

Posts: 17; Member since: Apr 14, 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.

15. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 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.

16. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 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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