“iOS in the Car” Grows Up, Becomes “CarPlay”

The battle for mobile platform dominance in cars wages on. A recent post by Lara, Apple or Android?, discussed Google’s alliance with automakers to establish an Android-based standard. This came after Apple’s announcement of “iOS in the Car” back in June of 2013. But now Apple’s iOS-based standard is back in the news and with a much more Apple-esque name: CarPlay.

Apple says that CarPlay will give drivers distraction-free access to calls, messages, maps, music, and more. After connecting an iPhone to a CarPlay-enabled vehicle, drivers can access select iPhone apps through their car’s existing interface, or they can simply ask Siri to do it through a voice control button on the steering wheel.

CarPlay is something I’d love to have in my Juke, and I’m glad to hear that Nissan is one of the many automakers working to incorporate CarPlay into their vehicles. Others include BMW, Ferrari, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar and Land Rover, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volvo.

Speaking of Volvo, they have a nice video showing off CarPlay:


You can read more about CarPlay at Apple.com. So what do you think about CarPlay? Dying to have it? Not sure you like it? Think Android’s solution is better?