If you’re considering buying a new car while thinking it’s about time you hop of the bandwagon of smart vehicles that support mobile integration, then Apple is offering you a good starting point as the official list of cars that support CarPlay is out. So far, we’ve been buried in news and headlines that tell us all about the wonders of autonomous cars and the direction that transportation is moving towards.
But I’m sure that you’ve also found yourself in the position in which you have a perfectly functional CarPlay or Android Auto app on your smartphone and yet nowhere to use it. All that happens is that we witness all those automobile wonders at CES 2016, hear all about the prospects of owning a smart car but not so much about where to start or when they will be made available.
Apple, at least, takes a step in the right direction and offers you a list of the cars that have already implemented the iPhone CarPlay support so you know where you should start looking if you’re ready to be part of the next generation of smart automobile drivers. The list that has been posted on their website recently includes 104 different cars from 21 automakers such as Audio, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Citroen, Ferrari, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedez-Benz, Mitsubishi, Porsche, Peugeot, Volkswagen, Volvo and more.
All of the models listed on Apple’s official website, however, are cars that are about to be released this year or in 2017. They may be older, already released models, but the versions that will be made starting this year will most likely give you the option of smartphone integration when purchasing.
Maybe the entire uproar that resulted from rumors that Apple is discreetly buying domains regarding an AppleCar was misplaced. Maybe it was all about their effort to start collaborating with as many automakers as they could and ensuring that the app will truly benefit drivers who opt to use it. The point is – Apple is making their move and we’ll most likely start seeing more and more cars that support phone integration by the end of the year.
Mobile integration promises not only a better way of controlling certain aspects of your vehicle but also attempts to make driving safer for everyone by removing the need to take your hands off the wheel. Whether it’s to turn on or change the music, answering calls and texts, looking up locations on your GPS and many other features, apps like CarPlay and Android Auto will allow you to do everything via voice commands instead. Automakers say that with time, you could do as much as lock doors and turn on your headlights via your phone too.
Fast forward a few years into the future and such functionalities can be taken up a notch, with the addition of semi-autonomous cars that are planned to be released by 2020. There is a good chance that the first few models that are released will make use of your phone instead of a personalized dashboard that each car maker will develop along the vehicle itself. Leave the car making to the automakers and the software making to the best software developers out there, right?
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