We all know that texting while driving is incredibly dangerous and there have been numerous accidents reported in the past that have proven that. However, it seems that using platforms like CarPlay or Android Auto could actually be more dangerous than that. This is according to a recent study conducted by RoadSmart which suggested that these services might actually be more dangerous.
Back in July, BMW announced that for its newer cars with the CarPlay option, customers who wanted to include the feature would have to pay an annual subscription to use it. This is unlike how other carmakers approach additional features in their cars, where it is usually a one-off fee to add extras.
One of the advantages and features of Tesla’s cars is that they come with a huge infotainment display. If you’re looking to furnish your car with a similar system, then you might be interested to learn that Sony has recently debuted their new CarPlay infotainment unit that comes with a pretty big 8.95-inch display.
If you thought that CarPlay was simply upgrading your car’s infotainment system to a CarPlay compatible unit, you’d be right. However, it seems that if you plan on buying a BMW and also want to have CarPlay in your car, then be prepared to fork out an annual subscription fee because that’s what BMW wants to do.
Spotify took aim at Pandora with its Stations app that allows listeners to enjoy curated music without having to do much themselves. It’s the convenience of this app which made it popular instantly which it was launched in the U.S. a few weeks ago. iOS users were missing an important feature, though, and that was support for CarPlay. That has now been addressed.
Jaguar And Land Rover are embracing the two major in-car mobile OS-based infotainment platforms. They have confirmed that Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will soon be offered in both new and existing vehicles for customers in the United States. A spokesperson for the brands has confirmed that this will be the case from the 2019 model year going forward.
With the release of iOS 12, Apple opened up CarPlay to more third-party navigation apps, meaning that users who didn’t want to use Apple Maps would now have more options, as long as developers decided to support CarPlay. Last week Google made Google Maps compatible with CarPlay, and now it looks like Waze is next.
The iOS 12 update was released just yesterday and one of the features of the update that some have been anticipating, is support for third-party mapping interfaces for CarPlay. This means that if you’re using CarPlay and you’d rather not use Apple Maps, you’ll be pleased to learn that you can now use Google Maps as an alternative.
Given Apple’s penchant for creating a walled garden ecosystem, it’s not surprising that the company would choose to use Apple Maps in CarPlay. It makes a lot of sense and also encourages the adoption of the app. However the good news is that in an announcement made at WWDC, Apple will no longer force Apple Maps onto users.
If you’re looking for more cars with support for Apple’s CarPlay, you’ll be pleased to learn that Mazda has announced that AirPlay support will be coming to 2018 Mazda6. This is following the company’s announcement earlier this month in which they promised CarPlay support would be coming to upcoming models.
WhatsApp is the most popular cross-platform messaging service on the planet. Countless users rely on it to stay in touch with their friends and family daily and they will now be able to use it with Apple CarPlay. It was possible to access WhatsApp when connected to CarPlay using Siri integration but the messaging app has now received proper support for Apple’s in-car platform.
These days it’s not uncommon to see more carmakers offer their customers options when it comes to smart infotainment systems, such as CarPlay or Android Auto, or sometimes the carmaker’s own system. However it seems that BMW wants to charge customers for that luxury in the form of an annual subscription.
Apple’s CarPlay platform has been adopted by many major car manufacturers but one of the largest car makers on the planet held out for as long as it could before finally adopting the platform. Toyota has confirmed today that its 2019 Avalon and several other 2019 model year vehicles will come with Apple CarPlay as standard. The 2019 Toyota Avalon is the first car from the Japanese auto giant to […]
[CES 2018] These days we’re starting to see more carmakers introduce smarter infotainment units to their vehicles, such as Android Auto, Apple’s CarPlay, or something of their own making. If you are planning on equipping your car with a system like CarPlay but don’t want to purchase a new car just to get it, Alpine has you covered.