CarPlay displaying a phone call
|Original author(s)||Apple Inc.|
|Operating system||iOS 7.1 onwards (with connector), iOS 8.3 onwards (wireless)|
|Platform||iPhone 5 onwards|
|License||Proprietary commercial software|
CarPlay (previously announced as iOS in the Car) is a standard developed by Apple Inc. to allow devices running the iOS operating system to function with built-in display units of automobile dashboards. CarPlay is available for all iPhones that use the Lightning connector and operate iOS 7.1 or later. While unveiled as iOS in the Car during the opening keynote of the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 10, 2013, it was later formally renamed CarPlay on launching to the public on March 3, 2014, at the Geneva Motor Show.
The aim of CarPlay is to provide direct access to iOS device functionality, control, and usage, directly as a virtual machine on top of the manufacturers' native in-car control systems which predominantly run on the BlackBerry QNX based OS which is the longtime major market share holder in this field. The initial timescale for release is from 2014, on some car models by selected manufacturers.
Integration is aimed for several functions that iOS devices currently incorporate, these include:
- Siri: Eyes Free mode – for eyes-free and hands-free operation
- Satellite navigation (Satnav)
- Telephony instruction and control
- Music control (via Apple's iOS "Music" application, or third-party)
- iMessage control and response
Manufacturers and brands
At the 2013 WWDC keynote, Apple's senior vice president (SVP) of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, announced some of the many manufacturers that are planning to include the functionality from 2014 onwards. Others, like BMW, initially announced they were not going to include the functionality, but later back-pedaled changing their position to possibly introducing the standard to their vehicles.
At the launch at the Geneva Motor Show, Apple confirmed that Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo would be among the first car manufacturers to bring CarPlay compatible models to market, though Mercedes-Benz and Volvo later delayed rollout to 2015. On July 1, Apple quietly added Fiat Chrysler and Mazda to their CarPlay web page.
In February 2015, Hyundai announced the Sonata sedan will be available with CarPlay by the end of the first quarter of 2015.
So far the list of vehicle manufacturers and brands who have shown interest in CarPlay and/or Siri Eyes Free includes:
- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
- General Motors
- Hyundai-Kia Automobile Group
- Jaguar Land Rover
- Daimler AG
- Peugeot Citroën
- Volkswagen Group
In April 2014 it was announced that Pioneer Corporation would provide a firmware upgrade to bring CarPlay to some existing products, and Alpine Electronics would launch a new compatible aftermarket device.
So far the list of infotainment manufacturers and brands who have shown interest in CarPlay and/or Siri Eyes Free includes:
- Alpine Electronics
Early and/or interesting implementations
- November 2013, Honda and Acura: Siri Eyes Free mode added as dealer-installed accessory in the US to selected 2013-14 Honda Accord and 2013 Acura RDX & ILX models, with deeper integration announced for later.
- December 2013, Honda: additional integration, featuring new HondaLink services, controlled by Honda's Launcher app which finds, organizes, quickly integrates, and gives fast access to Honda-approved third-party apps for use on Honda's "Display Audio" 7-inch screen system. Available on 2014 Civic, 2015 Fit models in the US and Canada.
Apple first announced the introduction of a new in-vehicle extended iOS functionality as "iOS in the Car" at their WWDC on June 10, 2013, although during development its codename was Stark. iOS 7.1 beta 1 and 2 include some settings about what was then iOS in the Car, hinting it would soon get released. According to January 2014 reports, iOS in the Car had been delayed by organizational issues at Apple, as Apple executives "didn't quite know what to do" with the software and the development group had to "lobby hard" for stage time at the 2013 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).
On March 3, 2014, Apple announced via a press release at the start of the Geneva Motor Show and updated pages on their website, that the service is to have a change of name to CarPlay, as well as announcing some further manufacturers that will make integrations to their newer vehicles, and that CarPlay will work with all Lightning-enabled iPhones (currently the 5, 5C, 5S, 6 / 6 Plus).
- iCar, Apple electric vehicle.
- Android Auto – similar implementation used for Android devices
- MirrorLink – device interoperability standard, offering integration between smartphone and a car's infotainment system. (Nokia Belle and some Android smartphones)
- QNX in Automotive - partial BlackBerry 10 integration
- Windows Embedded Automotive – Windows Mobile 6 and partial Windows Phone 7 integration
- Ford Sync (original Sync & MyFord Touch; Not based on Microsoft's software in newer versions)
- Satellite radio
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