While we wait for the arrival of the autonomous cars and the famous Apple Project Titan, we can calm the appetite for a smarter and more connected car with CarPlay . This is the solution for the connected car that Apple has devised for its iPhone users. The system was initially presented as “iOS in the car” at the WWDC in 2013, and was simply renamed CarPlay at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Later, at WWDC 2016, CarPlay received significant new features.
Its origin goes back to iOS 4 and was called “iPod Out”, a solution developed for years in conjunction with BMW to provide an audio and video output of Apple devices. In these three years of life of CarPlay, there are already interesting options for those who want to buy a car in Spain.
What you can do with CarPlay
Before we go in and see the different options for our car to get along with our iPhone, we need to ask ourselves: what does CarPlay bring to our driving? The short answer would be: apps. And among those that come as standard and third, we will have a small range but very appropriate for the car:
- Messages: send and receive messages through the official Apple app, where we can send both SMS and iMessages.
- Calls: the same, make and receive calls through the hands-free system integrated in your vehicle.
- Maps: perhaps the most useful of all, with which we can guide us to our destination (at the moment, it is the only app available for this in CarPlay).
- Music: with which to listen to your music library as well as any song, list or artist that is in Apple Music.
- Other apps: mainly focused on music, radio and audiobooks There are a total of 12 and among them are third-party apps such as Spotify, Overcast, Vox or Audible, as well as the Apple Podcast and Audiobook app.
It is interesting to see how Spotify is located in CarPlay, which indicates that in the future we could see the arrival of Google Maps to the system
Depending on the equipment you install CarPlay on, we will have various methods to handle it. From a touch screen to the classic buttons and controls of a car entertainment system . But what really stands out in Apple’s proposal in our vehicle is Siri. With Apple’s virtual assistant we can send, receive and read messages, make and pick up calls, ask it to guide us to a certain location and play the music we want.
The connection with the vehicle is made by means of a Lightning cable, although there are some models that are starting to turn towards wireless. Each method has pros and cons , being comfort or battery recharging the main ones. If you want to know first-hand what it’s like to use CarPlay (and the Android Auto system), our colleagues at Xataka were able to try both in a Volkswagen Touran.
CarPlay in Spain: compatible cars and models
Todas las novedades en CarPlay que trajo la keynote de la WWDC 2016.
If you consult the CarPlay website in Spain, you will find numerous models and companies that support them. The most typical brands and models in our country with support for Apple’s connected car system are (the year determines the first compatible model):
- Audi: A3, A4, A5, Q2, Q7 and TT of the year 2017.
- BMW: Series 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, X3, X4, X5, X6 of the year 2017.
- Chrysler: 300 of the year 2017.
- Citroën: C3, C4, C5 and Berlingo Multispace since 2016
- DS (Groupe PSA premium brand): DS 3, DS 3 cabrio, DS 4, DS5 since 2016.
- Ford: Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, C-Max, Mustang of the year 2017
- KIA: Optima, Cadenza, Sorento, Forte5 and Sportage of the year 2017
- Mercedes: A Class, B Class, E Class cabrio, E Class coupe, CLA, CLS, GLA and GLE since 2016.
- Mitsubishi: Montero, Montero Sport from 2016 and Mirage G4 and Space Star from 2017
- Nissan: Micra.
- Opel: Mokka, Astra, Corsa and badge since 2016.
- Peugeot: 208, Tepee Partner since 2016.
- Porsche: 718, 911, Cayenne, Macan and Panamera of the year 2017.
- Seat: Alhambra, Ibiza, Leon and Toledo from 2016 and Ateca of the year 2017.
- Skoda: Fabia, Octavia, Rapid, Superb and Yeti since 2016.
- Subaru: Impreza of the year 2017
- Suzuki: Baleno, SX4 S-CROSS, Vitara since 2016.
- Volkswagen: Beetle, CC, Golf (in various “flavors”), Jetta, Passat, Polo, Scirocco, Sharan, Tiguan and Touran since 2016.
- Volvo: XC90 from 2016, S90 and V90 from 2017
There are many more models, but of typical brands or versions from other countries. In total, Apple claims that there are more than 100 CarPlay compatible models and that they expect more signings in the future.
CarPlay equipment for the car you already have
If you don’t plan to buy a car soon but want to enjoy the possibilities of CarPlay, there are some manufacturers who have a solution. They are the Apple system compatible car radios . The idea is that when you connect your iPhone via a Lightning cable to the radio, it automatically mirrors the CarPlay interface.
It is not an ideal solution as some space is required in the radio shaft to accommodate the touch screen and other controls. Nor is integrated into the car and the Siri button on the steering wheel as is the case with some models. And, in addition, it is usually expensive equipment. But at least one has the possibility to “make” his car smarter. These are the current manufacturers:
It is necessary to indicate that so much in these teams as those that come integrated, the weight of execution of the platform is exercised from our iPhone. It should also be noted that some vehicles and systems are multiplatform and support both CarPlay and Android Auto and MirrorLink.
Pioneer SPH-DA120 – 2-DIN Radio App Unit for iPhone and Android (6.2″ multi-touch screen, GPS, Bluetooth)
Today in amazon for 444.00
Alpine iLX-700 – Car Radio (FM, LW, MW, 87.5 – 108 MHz, 153 – 281 kHz, 800 x 480 Pixels, LCD, Black, Gray)
Today in amazon for 623,92
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