Screenshot of CarPlay running iOS 11
|Original author(s)||Apple Inc.|
|Initial release||March 10, 2014|
|Available in||Uses the same language as the connected iPhone|
|License||Proprietary commercial software|
Most worldwide vehicle manufacturers have said they will be incorporating CarPlay into their infotainment systems over time. CarPlay can also be retrofitted to most vehicles with aftermarket vehicle audio hardware.
CarPlay provides access to Apple apps such as Phone, Music, Apple Maps, iMessage, iBooks, and Podcasts, as well as third-party apps such as iHeartRadio, Radioplayer, Spotify, Radio.com, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Google Play Music, Clammr, NPR One, Audiobooks.com, and Audible. Developers must apply to Apple for entitlement to develop CarPlay-enabled apps. Support for third party maps was released in iOS 12.
CarPlay also extends Siri support, using voice dictation and feedback as the primary means of input for text messages, or narrating comprehensive weather and stock reports instead of displaying a weather chart. Siri inhibits certain voice commands such as displaying web search results when CarPlay is in use.
While most of the CarPlay software runs on the connected iPhone, the CarPlay interface provides the audio and display connection to the car's infotainment system. Depending on the car maker's implementation, CarPlay is controlled through the touch screen, rotary cursor dial, trackpad, or buttons on the instrument cluster and steering wheel.
CarPlay is also supported on specialized aftermarket head units or as a dongle attachment to another tablet computer.
The concept of CarPlay (and subsequently Android Auto) was based on the little known (and used) Apple iOS 4 feature called "iPod Out" that was the result of a joint development between the BMW Group's Technology Office USA in Palo Alto, California, and Apple Inc. The result of several years of exploratory cooperation, iPod Out enabled vehicles with the necessary infrastructure to "host" the analog video and audio from a supporting iOS device while receiving inputs, such as button presses and knob rotations from a car's infotainment system, to drive the "hosted" user interface in the vehicle's built-in display. The iOS feature was first announced during WWDC in 2010 and first shipped as an implemented infrastructure in BMW Group vehicles starting in early 2011. The BMW and Mini option was called "PlugIn" and paved the way for the first cross-OEM platforms, introducing the concept of requiring a car-specific interface for apps (as opposed to MirrorLink's simple and insufficient mirroring of what was shown on the smartphone's screen).
During development its codename was Stark. Apple's Eddy Cue announced it as iOS in the Car at the 2013 WWDC. In January 2014 it was reported that Apple's hardware-oriented corporate culture had led to release delays. CarPlay was launched with its current branding in at the Geneva Motor Show in March, 2014 with Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo among the first car manufacturers.
November 2013: Siri Eyes Free mode was offered as a dealer-installed accessory in the US to some Honda Accord and Acura RDX & ILX models. In December, Honda offered additional integration, featuring new HondaLink services, on some US and Canada models of the Civic and the Fit.
September 2014: A Ferrari FF was the first car with a full version of CarPlay.
October 2017: The 2018 Honda Gold Wing becomes the first motorcycle to support CarPlay.
January 2018: The 2019 Toyota Avalon is to become the first Toyota model with Apple CarPlay.
July 2018: Mazda added Car Play support to all new and existing vehicles equipped with the MZD-Connect system, supporting vehicles manufactured from 2014.
General Motors has released an API to allow the development of apps that interact with vehicle software systems.
MirrorLink is a standard for car-smartphone connectivity, currently implemented in vehicles by Honda, Volkswagen, SEAT, Buick, Skoda, Mercedes-Benz, Citroën, and Smart with phones by multiple manufacturers including Apple, HTC, Sony, and Samsung.
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