The first vehicles to support Apple’s CarPlay infotainment system are just starting to appear on the market, but a clever hack from developer Adam Bell means you may be able to get your hands on it sooner than most — and without the need for a compatible in-car infotainment system.
Despite not quite being ready for primetime just yet, Bell’s nifty jailbreak means that users will be able run Apple’s CarPlay software on iPhones and iPads, as seen in the above picture.
Apple’s CarPlay technology was first announced back at 2013’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). It lets users utilize voice commands and a large touchscreen to interact with apps like Music, Maps, Messages, and Mail. The interface is designed to allow you to focus on the road ahead of your instead of having to constantly look at the iOS screen.
Although there are lower cost CarPlay infotainment screens available, many of the currently announced CarPlay integrations are from luxury automakers such as Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz. Even more affordable solutions like Pioneer Electronics’ NEX in-dash solutions start at $700. This jailbreak, which we will keep you updated on, means you would be able to use CarPlay in any vehicle, so long as you had your iPhone or iPad with you.
ABI Research has previously suggested that within five years CarPlay could be the most popular car platform in the world, with over 24 million cars sporting Cupertino’s dashboard system.
Via: Redmond Pie