Why My Next Car will have Apple’s CarPlay

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I was having a discussion about this on Twitter with a fellow techie. Apple’s CarPlay. It’s the way we can revolutionize the car. Cars have amazing hardware but the car manufacturers are always terrible at software and interfaces. Enter Apple. CarPlay takes the things you want to do with your iPhone while driving and puts them right on your car’s built-in display. You can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music, all in a way that allows you to stay focused on the road.

My wife’s boss bought a new $120k Mercedez. He loves the way that it drives. He loves the sound system. In the top three items that he talks about – always CarPlay. He went out and bought an iPhone specifically for it.

If you’re an Android user, even Google has caught onto this with Android Auto. Google and Apple both know this is the future.

I was one year away from getting it in my current model Honda. My next model and my wife’s will definitely have Apple’s CarPlay.

Below is a list of all of the car’s that currently come with Apple Carplay. Some have even gone as far as to already support the latest CarPlay Wireless. No need to even plug the phone into a cord – it just syncs to the screen.

“IT’S CLEAR THERE’S A LOT OF TECHNOLOGIES THAT WILL … REVOLUTIONIZE THE CAR EXPERIENCE.” – Tim Cook

Which vehicles offer Apple CarPlay?

As of the time of writing, Apple CarPlay is offered as a standard or optional feature on these vehicles: Further more detailed list can be found here.

 

Audi

2017 A3, A4, A5, Q2, Q7, Allroad, and TT models.

Acura

2017 NSX

Bentley

2017 Bentayaga

BMW

2017 2 Series, 3 Series, 4 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series, X3, X4, X5, and X6 models. The 2017 5 Series models have promised to be the first vehicle offering a wireless CarPlay experience and should be available first quarter of 2017.

Buick

2017 Regal, LaCrosse, Encore, and Envision models.

Cadillac

2017 ATS, CTS, CT6, Escalade, XTS, and XT5 models.

Chevrolet

2017 Camaro, Colorado, Corvette, Cruze, Impala, Malibu, Silverado, Spark, Suburban, Tahoe.

Chrysler

2017 300 Sedan (Chrysler promises that CarPlay will be available on the 2018 Pacifica Minivan).

Dodge

2017 Charger and Challenger models.

FIAT

FIAT has not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.

Ford

2017 C-Max, Edge, Escape, Expedition, Explorer, F-150, Super Duty, Fiesta, Flex, Focus, Fusion, Taurus, Transit, Transit Connect, and Mustang.

Genesis

Hyundai’s new luxury brand will offer CarPlay on the G80 (formerly Hyundai Genesis).

GMC

2017 Canyon, Sierra Yukon, and Acadia models.

Honda

2017 Accord, Civic, Pilot, and Ridgeline models.

Hyundai

Azera, Sonata, Elantra, Tucson, Veloster, IONIQ, Santa Fe, and Santa Fe Sport.

Infiniti

Infiniti has not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.

Jeep

Jeep has not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.

Kia

2017 Optima, Cadenza, Forte, Forte5, Sorento, Sportage, Soul, and Sedona models.

Land Rover

Land Rover and Range Rover have not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.

Lexus

Lexus has not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.

Mazda

Mazda has not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.

Mercedes-Benz

2017 B-Class, CLA-Class, CLS-Class, E-Class, GLA-Class, GLE-Class, GLS-Class, GLC-Class, SL-Class, SLC-Class models.

MINI

MINI has not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.

Mitsubishi

Mirage, Mirage G4, Outlander models

Nissan

Maxima

Porsche

2017 718 (Cayman & Boxster), 911, Panamera, Macan, and Cayenne models.

Subaru

Subaru is introducing CarPlay on its new 2017 Impreza model.

Toyota

Toyota has not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.

Volkswagen

2017 Beetle, CC, Golf (e-Golf, GTI, Golf R), Golf SportWagen, Passat, Tiguan, Jetta models.

Volvo

S90, V90 Cross Country, XC90 models.

 

Internet Privacy

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The House of Representatives passed a resolution overturning a previous FCC rule that required internet providers to get customers’ permission before sharing their browser history. The rules also required internet providers to protect that data from hackers and inform customers of any breaches.

Not anymore. Soon that will all end.

It’s hard to see this as anything but a major loss for consumers. Remember the Republican party of old that fought for privacy and wanted government out of your pockets? Well, now government will have the ability to buy your browsing history, what apps you use, what banks you use, your location data, where you like to visit, etc. Your Internet Service Provider will now hold more data about you than Facebook and Google and they don’t even need to ask your permission to sell it for profit.

This is an increasingly important issue as Americans spend more time online and we’re buying more devices that connect to the internet.

The especially troubling part to me. Republicans sold out our privacy for such a small donation from the telecoms. Look at the document here.

 

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A Snapshot of the Donations

This is why more people are now turning to using a VPN to not show your internet traffic to your ISP.

My VPN of choice. Private Internet Access (PIA)

Life Blog 0000

John Green talking about why we can’t have a grown-up discussion about healthcare. He makes a lot of valid points.

Give it a view. A lot of interesting info. You’ll be educated.

Baseball News

Sports Illustrated came out with their MLB preview. I’m still currently dissecting it. It looks like the big series of the year will be Cubs vs Dodgers and SI is picking the Dodgers to win it all. Long season. Lots of things can happen.

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Golf Today

I got out early this morning for some golf with a few buddies. I shot a 77 with a lot of careless shots. One shot at a time. My buddy Pete however seemed to be hitting the ball much more consistently and almost like his usual self.

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Lastly….

I’m up early tomorrow so I’ll keep this kinda short today. My next book to read.

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Justice League Trailer Released

As was touted on social media for days, we finally have an official theatrical trailer for Justice League. Yep, it’s basically everything a DC Comics fan needs it to be.

This is a fun dynamite trailer that is absolutely the best of both worlds. The song choice is a little obvious, but boy is it going to be buckets of fun.

It’s clearly lighter, jokier, and far less grim than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Much of the humor comes from our heroes communicating and talking with one another. This was a key point missing from Batman v Superman.

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Affleck and Godot seem to have an amazing chemistry together. I’ve always thought if you’re going to give us a Justice League movie in a world where we’ve already seen the Avengers, you’ve got to up the ante and give the fans more of what they already love from the DC Universe. It’s a good thing that we’re not just seeing Avengers “redone” with DC characters that they have the rights to.

The good news is this is a great trailer. Bad news? A lot of DC Comics films have had excellent trailers and fall short in the theater. We’ll see how long Warner Bros can go before we get another sneak peak. So in the words of Aquaman ,”Yeah….!”

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