Apple releases list of car models that support CarPlay
Tech giant Apple released a complete list of car models which will support the use of its CarPlay iPhone mirroring interface. The list of Apple’s CarPlay-enabled vehicles includes over a hundred 2016 and 2017 models from 21 manufacturers including Audi, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Citroën, DS Automobiles, Ferrari, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Opel, Porsche, Peugeot, Seat, Škoda, Suzuki, Volkswagen and Volvo.
Friendly with iPhone 5 or later models running iOS 8 or above, CarPlay, also enables hands-free use of Siri, Apple’s voice-enabled assistant. It allows its users to replicate their iPhone’s look and capabilities on a car’s central console through the use of hands-free and eyes-free access to Apple Maps, phone, messages, iTunes and many third-party apps such as iHeartRadio and SpotifyNotably missing from the list were car manufacturing giants such as Kia, Nissan and Toyota. Ford was listed as having only one future model in support of CarPlay: The 2017 Ford Escape.
In a news release, Don Butler, Ford’s executive director of Connected Vehicles and Services, said “With Sync, we move at our customers’ pace — making it easy for them to maintain a connected lifestyle no matter their choice of smartphone, apps or services inside and outside their vehicle,”
Top on the list is GM with 35 models (including 10 Cadillacs, five Opels, four GMCs and two Buicks) that support CarPlay. Volkswagen comes second with the most models that support CarPlay with 18 models,
According to IHS senior analyst Jeremy Carlson “Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto will be adopted as native interfaces, or smartphone mirroring applications, across the carmaker community. And it won’t be one or the other — it will be both.
CarPlay and Android Auto are already drastically undermining the native in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system makers. This is one of the biggest disruptions to the [IVI] space. Even if you look back on personal navigation devices, this is much more fundamental. Being able to bring content into the [IVI] with smartphones…really does fundamentally change what consumers want” in their cars.”