Apple CarPlay has seen a slow roll out thanks to the inherent slow evolution in the auto industry. The system still does seem to be gaining some traction, and at CES 2015 there was more Apple CarPlay on display. The biggest announcement came from Volkswagen as they will be adding Apple CarPlay support to their cars in late 2015. VW was one manufacturer not listed on Apple’s CarPlay partners, so it’s definitely good to hear. CarPlay support comes alongside VW’s new “modular infotainment platform” (MIB II) to enable MirrorLink to smartphones. It’s unclear if the new system will be part of a premium package, but late 2015 was confirmed by VW.
Hyundai was also at CES to show their Apple CarPlay enabled Display Audio system for 2016 models. We found this out at the LA Auto Show in November, but it’s nice to see further commitment. Beyond the in-car systems from auto manufacturers, after market companies are joining in on CarPlay to bring the functionality to older cars. We already mentioned the new Parrot RNB6, which offers a 7” 720P touchscreen with a single button to activate Apple CarPlay including support for Siri Eyes Free control.
Kenwood announced the upcoming DDX9902S with full support for Apple CarPlay with Siri integration, and the full suite of Apple car enabled apps. No details on pricing or availability were given, but CarPlay is directly integrated alongside the other in-car system features like Sirius, back-up camera, and steering wheel control connectivity. Pioneer on the other hand, is already ready to announce their second generation CarPlay compatible systems. Their line of Networked Entertainment eXperience (NEX) receivers will debut in March starting at $700 with five different models topping out at $1400.
CarPlay is slowly, buy surely making it’s way into the auto industry, and it’s neat to see the crossover of automobile, and computing technology.