During Apple’s latest product reveal, CEO Tim Cook introduced the world to CarPlay, a sweeping software initiative that allows an iPhone to take control over a vehicle’s infotainment system.
Apple has been able to get almost every major automaker to agree to install CarPlay in their automobiles as early as this year. In fact, Jeep, Dodge, and Chrysler brands will all be equipped with CarPlay very soon.
Wondering exactly what CarPlay does? Here’s a quick rundown:
• CarPlay can override a vehicle’s current infotainment system (the screen that houses a car’s radio and GPS functions) only when an Apple iPhone is connected via USB port to the car’s system. So if you don’t have or don’t care about Apple products, don’t worry – you’ll still have access to your car manufacturer’s generic infotainment system.
• When an iPhone is connected to the infotainment system, the phone will override the infotainment’s display. What users will see is a pared down version of the iPhone’s icons: phone, messages, music and maps. CarPlay will only show functions directly related to driving the car and will automatically block out more distracting apps.
• Drivers will be able to use the car’s Bluetooth function to activate the different functions of CarPlay (such as sending a text message via voice activation), making for more integrated communication between car, driver and phone.
If you’ve recently bought a car and are bummed that you’ll miss the CarPlay software, don’t worry. Alpine and Pioneer will be selling aftermarket adapters that will allow you to use CarPlay on existing infotainment systems.
Revisit our blog to stay posted on when to expect the first CarPlay systems in your favorite Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep models.
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