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Apple’s integration for practically every car except Tesla

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NOTE: Content here are my personal opinions, and not intended to represent any employer (past or present). “PROTIP:” here highlight information I haven’t seen elsewhere on the internet because it is hard-won, little-know but significant facts based on my personal research and experience.

Apple CarPlay

  • https://www.apple.com/ios/carplay/
  • https://www.tomsguide.com/reference/apple-carplay

CarPlay is Apple’s answer to the problem of drivers looking at iPhones instead of driving.

“CarPlay gives you the ability to safely use what you love about your iPhone while you drive.”

CarPlay works with every iPhone released since the launch of the iPhone 5 back in late 2012, but CarPlay does not work with iPads or iPods.

There is no standalone CarPlay app.

CarPlay is available on a large range of auto manufacturers (except Tesla, which charges $10/month). While other brands support Google Auto as well, Mini and Rolls-Royce only support CarPlay.

CarPlay is free and uses your existing mobile data plan.

Honda had CarPlay since 2016 on the Accord and Civic, and since 2017 on the Ridgeline, Pilot, and CR-V.

https://www.apple.com/ios/feature-availability/#applecarplay-applecarplay Features


  1. Connect iPhone to your vehicle’s USB port using an Apple-approved Lightning to USB cable. Some vehicles that support wireless CarPlay allow you to pair simply by plugging iPhone into your vehicle’s USB port using a Lightning to USB cable. If supported, after you start CarPlay using USB, you’re asked if you want to pair wireless CarPlay for future use. If you agree, the next time you go for a drive, iPhone connects wirelessly to CarPlay automatically.

    The USB port may be labeled with the CarPlay logo or an image of a smartphone.

  2. Hold down the voice-command button on your steering wheel while you say your request for Siri to process voice commands. Make sure your vehicle is in wireless or Bluetooth pairing mode.

  3. On your iPhone, go to Settings > General > CarPlay > “Allow CarPlay while locked”.

    Available Cars. Choose your vehicle.

  4. Since Siri is an internet-connected tool, it relies on an active cell phone data connection. So there will be a few seconds of lag between your utterance and what to want to happen.

    At time of writing, Siri can change the volume.

    But Siri can’t raise the car’s temperature or activate cruise control.

  5. Install listening apps: Apple Podcasts, Audiobooks, Amazon Music, Audible, Downcast, Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio, AudioBooks.com, CBS Radio, NPR One, Overcast, YouTube Music, SiriusXM Radio, VOX, LiveXLive, Line, Tidal

  6. Beginning with select 2021 car models, you can unlock and start your car with iPhone. Sharing keys with friends or family is easy too. Car keys will even work for up to five hours after your iPhone battery runs out.

CarPlay Updates

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptgKnZJnaRc Apple CarPlay iOS 16

Develop CarPlay Apps


CarPlay Simulator


Apple Car

  • https://www.macrumors.com/roundup/apple-car/
  • https://appleinsider.com/inside/apple-car

In 2014, Apple began working on “Project Titan,” with upwards of 1,000 car experts and engineers developing an electric vehicle at a secret location near the company’s Cupertino headquarters.

Apple’s AI and machine learning chief John Giannandrea is heading up the Apple Car project, and Kevin Lynch, known for his work on the Apple Watch, has also joined the Car team and it said to be largely responsible for Apple’s push toward a self-driving car.

Apple acquired Drive.AI in 2019.

Car launch expected in 2024 to 2028

Deep integration with iOS expected

Autonomous testing permit received from DMV

Self-driving software being tested - rumors indicate that Apple wants to design a car with no steering wheel and no pedals.

There is a high-powered Apple-designed chip in the Apple Car, and it is the most advanced component that Apple has developed to date. It’s made from neural processors that can handle the incredible AI load needed for an autonomous vehicles. TSMC is expected to manufacture the chip, and that’s the same company that makes chips for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Because Apple has no experience with car manufacturing, it will need partners to produce the vehicle, and Apple is said to be working on securing partnerships in the automobile industry. It is not yet known who Apple will work with, but it has held discussions with Hyundai and other companies.