Audi, Dodge and 7 more automakers commit to CarPlay

CarPlay

Following Google’s announcement of Android Auto, Apple has added nine more car makers that will support CarPlay in future models of their vehicles.

Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Mazda and Ram have all been added to the list of partners, which now totals 29.

Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo will have CarPlay available for certain vehicles by the end of 2014. The rest of the partners have more vaguely committed to CarPlay for “future models.” Audi recently clarified that it will bring CarPlay-equipped models to Europe in 2015 and the states in 2016.

Using voice commands and a large touchscreen, CarPlay allows you to interact with apps like Music, Maps, Messages and Mail in an interface designed to keep your eyes on the road. Automakers like Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari have already shown off CarPlay in their newest vehicles.

CarPlay is also planned for aftermarket systems from companies like Pioneer and Alpine. Pioneer has said that CarPlay will be available via a firmware update for five of its in-dash receivers by “early summer” 2014. Alpine’s CarPlay-compatible system will be available later this year. The iPhone 5 and above can connect to CarPlay via Bluetooth LE.

As part of the Open Automotive Alliance, Google has 40 partners on board to support Android Auto, as well as aftermarket players like Pioneer. Many of those 40 partners will also offer CarPlay, like Volvo and Hyundai.

  • Petr Šourek

    How does it matter? I have asked in Kia, Subaru, Toyota (which are in the „second“ wave) in Czech Republic and they don’t even know what the heck is carplay, so… This technology is like Yetti. No one has seen it, but everyone is talking about it :(

    • Ali Fawaz

      Carplay needs time to be integrated into the cars. There is nothing strange about the salespeople not knowing about a feature that is not in cars they are selling and won’t be arriving for at least another year or so

      • Petr Šourek

        I know it takes a while, but to be honest CarPlay was introduced by Apple last year, on some motor vehicles it was shown in Geneva on February/March, but still the carmakers which should be in the second wave didn’t even know, what it is and that they will be selling it. In Kia they even told me, that they are going the Android way (long before it was introduced :))

  • Josh Sanfilippo

    This is great! I actually predicted this would happen. I sent an email to cult of mac after the beats acquisition in May. Beats Audio is partners with Chrysler, Fiat, and Dodge. So I predicted that Apple would acquire them as partners with Beats.

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