Apparently Apple can’t make its own car, so it will just have to take over everyone else’s cars.
At its annual WWDC event on Monday, the tech giant announced that the next generation of CarPlay will soon break free from the links that restrict it to the main infotainment screen and spread to additional in-car screens. CarPlay will also, for the first time, use vehicle data to show critical driving information such as speed, fuel level and engine temperature measurements as well as allow users to control settings including radio or climate.
Will your car be ready for this extended version of CarPlay? Because car companies certainly aren’t.
the edge 12 major auto manufacturers reached out about the updated CarPlay, and most responded with a copy of “It looks great, we’re working on it.” Apple itself certainly wasn’t ready to reveal which car companies were on board, and promised to announce later this year which cars will support this more sophisticated version of CarPlay. A company spokesperson did not respond to questions about which automakers Apple was targeting.
Was this yet another case of Apple sending automakers scrambling to develop systems that could accommodate its vision of controlling the car? Here’s what the automakers told us:
BMW“Currently, we have placed a clear focus on further improving our iDrive user interface system, and as part of this development, we will continue the seamless integration of the Apple ecosystem. An integral part of these efforts will be to assess how the latest innovations announced at WWDC are incorporated into our solutions.” “.
Volvo: “At the moment, we don’t have anything to share other than that, we plan to support the next generation of Apple CarPlay in future cars.”
Toyota: “We cannot comment or speculate about the future product at this time.”
stronghold: “Thank you for connecting with the story of the next generation of Apple CarPlay. We don’t have any additional information to share at this time.”
Pole Star: “Apple CarPlay will arrive in Polestar 2 as part of the OTA update later this month. We are also excited to announce that the next generation of CarPlay will arrive in future Polestar vehicles.”
Stilants: “This is more of an Apple operating system for car apps and not a CarPlay upgrade. We have not made any announcements regarding this system.”
Spokesmen for Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, General Motors, Hyundai, Nissan and Honda did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
One potential wrench in this plan is that a number of automakers have already made software deals with other tech companies. Ford is working with Google to design UX software for Millions of vehicles of the futureWhile Stellantis does the same with Amazon. Volvo and Polestar simply switched UX to Google’s Android Auto, which works Originally on some cars. Apple has not yet made any similar deals with car manufacturers.
This isn’t the first time Apple has promised multi-screen CarPlay interoperability. When it revealed iOS 13 in September 2019, The company promised An overhaul of CarPlay to make it more compatible with Google’s Android Auto.
This included the ability to support screens of different sizes and display information on two different screens in the vehicle at the same time. Automakers can develop CarPlay systems that display information in a second screen, such as on a set or HUD [heads up display]’, the company said at the time. (Although this sentence no longer appears in Apple’s iOS 13 support page.)
At the time, automakers said they were still figuring out how to let Apple overlay the CarPlay screen on these secondary screens. After this week’s announcements, it looks like they’re still working on it.
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