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Original author(s) Apple Inc.
Developer(s) Apple Inc.
Initial release 2014 (2014)
Development status Active
Operating system QNX [1][2]
Platform iPhone 5 onwards
Available in English
Type Telematics
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.[3] 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.[4]


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:[3]

Manufacturers and brands[edit]


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.[3] 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.[5][6]

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,[7] though Mercedes-Benz and Volvo later delayed rollout to 2015.[8] On July 1, Apple quietly added Fiat Chrysler and Mazda to their CarPlay web page.[9]

A Ferrari FF was the first car to deliver with a fully functioning version of CarPlay on September 8, 2014.[10]

In February 2015, Hyundai announced the Sonata sedan will be available with CarPlay by the end of the first quarter of 2015.[11]

Volvo implemented CarPlay in the 2015 XC90 "The all-new Volvo XC90 is the first Volvo car to feature Apple Carplay." [12]

So far the list of vehicle manufacturers and brands who have shown interest in CarPlay and/or Siri Eyes Free includes:


In April 2014 it was announced that Pioneer Corporation would provide a firmware upgrade to bring CarPlay to some existing products,[18] and Alpine Electronics would launch a new compatible aftermarket device.[19] Kenwood announced two CarPlay systems at CES in 2015, which then went on sale in mid 2015.[20]

So far the list of infotainment manufacturers and brands who have shown interest in CarPlay and/or Siri Eyes Free includes:

Early and/or interesting implementations[edit]

  • 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.[21]
  • 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.[22]


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,[3] 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.[23] 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).[24]

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).[14][25]

On March 9, 2015, during the Apple Watch event, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that all of the major car manufacturers had committed to delivering CarPlay in their cars by the end of 2015.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "BlackBerry's QNX: Why it's so valuable to Apple, Google, auto industry". ZDNet. Retrieved 2014-10-27. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Cue, Eddy; Cook, Tim; Federighi, Craig; Ive, Jony; et al. (June 10, 2013). WWDC 2013 Keynote. Moscone West, San Francisco, California: Apple Inc. Event occurs at c. 1 hour, 25 minutes, to end. Retrieved June 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Apple unveils CarPlay iPhone system at Geneva show". BBC News. BBC. March 4, 2014. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  5. ^ Neff, John (June 12, 2013). "Why BMW doesn't plan to integrate Apple's iOS in the Car [UPDATE]". Autoblog. Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  6. ^ Nica, Gabriel (June 11, 2013). "Apple Unveils Upcoming Car iOS. Might Be Installed on BMWs Too [Video]". Auto Evolution. Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  7. ^ Dredge, Stuart (March 3, 2014). "Apple CarPlay debuts with Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo". The Guardian. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Mercedes-Benz & Volvo delay CarPlay support into 2015, Pioneer update still MIA". Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
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  11. ^ "Hyundai expects CarPlay to be available in Sonata by end of quarter". Apple Carplay News and Owners Group. Mike Szostech. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
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  13. ^ "CarPlay: Apple’s Technology On The Road". 
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Mayo, Benjamin (March 3, 2014). "Apple rebrands iOS in the Car as CarPlay, compatible vehicles launching later this year". 9to5Mac. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  15. ^ Smith, John (June 25, 2013). "Ford Seeking "Seamless" iOS 7 in the Car Connectivity". Gotta Be Mobile. Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  16. ^ a b Gurman, Mark (July 15, 2014). "Volkswagen in talks with Apple to bring CarPlay to 2016 VW models". 9to5Mac. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Audi will bring Apple CarPlay to new models". 
  18. ^ "Pioneer Bringing Apple CarPlay to In-Dash Systems". PC Magazine. April 15, 2014. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Alpine Confirms Aftermarket CarPlay System Coming This Fall". Mac Life. April 14, 2014. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  20. ^ Rossignol, Joe. "Kenwood's Aftermarket CarPlay and Android Auto Systems Now Shipping". MacRumors. MacRumors. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  21. ^ Slivka, Eric (November 26, 2013). "Siri Eyes Free Now Available for Select Honda and Acura Vehicles, Deeper Integration Coming Soon". MacRumors. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  22. ^ Slivka, Eric (December 3, 2013). "Honda Boosts iOS Car Integration with New HondaLink Services for 2014 Civic, 2015 Fit". MacRumors. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  23. ^ Steeber, Michael (December 13, 2013). "iOS 7.1 likely to unlock Apple’s upcoming iOS in the Car feature". 9to5Mac. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  24. ^ Cole, Shane (January 28, 2014). "Organizational strife said to bedevil Apple's iOS in the Car initiative". AppleInsider. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Apple Rolls Out CarPlay Giving Drivers a Smarter, Safer & More Fun Way to Use iPhone in the Car". Apple. March 3, 2014. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
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