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.

 

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