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.
2017 A3, A4, A5, Q2, Q7, Allroad, and TT models.
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.
2017 Regal, LaCrosse, Encore, and Envision models.
2017 ATS, CTS, CT6, Escalade, XTS, and XT5 models.
2017 Camaro, Colorado, Corvette, Cruze, Impala, Malibu, Silverado, Spark, Suburban, Tahoe.
2017 300 Sedan (Chrysler promises that CarPlay will be available on the 2018 Pacifica Minivan).
2017 Charger and Challenger models.
FIAT has not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.
2017 C-Max, Edge, Escape, Expedition, Explorer, F-150, Super Duty, Fiesta, Flex, Focus, Fusion, Taurus, Transit, Transit Connect, and Mustang.
Hyundai’s new luxury brand will offer CarPlay on the G80 (formerly Hyundai Genesis).
2017 Canyon, Sierra Yukon, and Acadia models.
2017 Accord, Civic, Pilot, and Ridgeline models.
Azera, Sonata, Elantra, Tucson, Veloster, IONIQ, Santa Fe, and Santa Fe Sport.
Infiniti has not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.
Jeep has not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.
2017 Optima, Cadenza, Forte, Forte5, Sorento, Sportage, Soul, and Sedona models.
Land Rover and Range Rover have not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.
Lexus has not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.
Mazda has not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.
2017 B-Class, CLA-Class, CLS-Class, E-Class, GLA-Class, GLE-Class, GLS-Class, GLC-Class, SL-Class, SLC-Class models.
MINI has not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.
Mirage, Mirage G4, Outlander models
2017 718 (Cayman & Boxster), 911, Panamera, Macan, and Cayenne models.
Subaru is introducing CarPlay on its new 2017 Impreza model.
Toyota has not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.
2017 Beetle, CC, Golf (e-Golf, GTI, Golf R), Golf SportWagen, Passat, Tiguan, Jetta models.
S90, V90 Cross Country, XC90 models.