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  1. Akshay Masand's Avatar

    Joining last week’s announcement of Audi supporting the upcoming platform, eight additional car makers have been listed on Apple’s website as “committed partners.” Audi was officially added to Apple’s CarPlay site recently along with the following eight new automakers:

    • Abarth
    • Alfa Romeo
    • Chrysler
    • Dodge
    • Fiat
    • Jeep
    • Mazda
    • Ram

    These companies are joining the likes of Toyota, Ford, BMW, Chevrolet, Nissan and many more who have pledged to support CarPlay in upcoming vehicles. Many haven’t given dates for when the supported vehicles will arrive but Audi mentioned that CarPlay support will be included in some of its 2015 models. Many of the companies listed are also members of Google’s Android-based Open Automotive Alliance, and some have indicated that they plan to support both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay together in future vehicle “infotainment” systems.

    A total of five car makers have pledged to bring CarPlay support to vehicles in their 2014 lineup. These companies include: Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo. Aftermarket solutions for older cars from Alpine and Pioneer are also in the works.

    Just a week ago, Apple updated the CarPlay website to list the At Bat app as a supporting third-party launch partner. It joins Apple’s podcasts app along with Beats Music, iHeartRadio, Spotify and Stitcher. CarPlay will also come with built-in compatibility for Apple’s native iPhone, Music, Maps and Messages applications. A new “Now Playing” application has been said to be exclusive to CarPlay as part of the default installation.

    When CarPlay products launch later this year, they will support the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, and iPhone 5. Connection to a head unit is required through a Lightning cable.

    Are any of you excited about the technology to come?

    Source: Apple (CarPlay)

    Twitter: @AkshayMasand
    2014-07-03 03:31 AM
  2. turdsmoka's Avatar
    Not to mention the five car makers that have current models with CarPlay: Ferrari, Hyundai, Volvo, Mercedes and Honda.
    2014-07-03 12:43 PM