A small American company called Apple is taking the tech world by storm, a sector that carmakers seem to struggle with. Think about it, when was the last time you saw or used an in-built satnav in a modern car make?
Nevertheless, it seems that car developers might have to let go of software development and infotainment sector altogether because the latest generation of Apple CarPlay is now here with us.
You may want to thank Apple because of the features it has introduced. Seriously, look at the teaser image above. Apple CarPlay will soon allow you to control all screens in your car by using your phone. It will use your dial display to show revs, temperatures, fuel levels, speed, and basically everything that carmakers spend endless nights and money on at the moment.
Only time will tell if carmakers will be old enough to halt development. However, if they choose to do so, it could leave them with more money to spend on physical engineering. And if you don’t have an iPhone, just make one an optional extra, after all, ticking one more box on the configurator won’t be so bad, will it?
The new CarPlay will be able to control your car’s climate control functions and inbuilt radio, says Apple. Therefore, carmakers just need to install a screen on the dashboard and they (and you once you buy the car) will be set.
The CarPlay will also be highly user-friendly and customizable. It will have multiple color and display options, with the added ability to add widgets like weather and music onto your dashboard.
Though we may need to wait until late next year to find out which car brands will get the full integrated system, Apple has confirmed that it is collaborating with different brands such as Honda, Audi, Mercedes, Porsche, Polestar, Volvo, Nissan, Renault, Ford, and JLR, among others.
With this new exciting development along the way, what do we think? Should Android Auto match up?