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Which cars have Apple CarPlay built-in?

15 Feb 2018

Car Stereo

Apple’s “CarPlay” system is a professional solution for hands-free use of your mobile phone in your vehicle.

It’s simple. It connects your iPhone to whatever type of display system the car is using for things such as SatNav, environmental controls and entertainment system etc.

You can then activate and use your phone by voice, touch or a twist of a control button on the steering wheel. It allows you to use your iPhone as you wish from inside your car and it’s fully legal!

The position on getting CarPlay is variable. In some cases, it may come as standard with a given model. In others, you may need to order it as an optional extra.

At the time of writing, here are some of the 2018 models with CarPlay fitted as standard (position may vary regularly):

  • Aston Martin: Rapide, Vanquish and Vantage;
  • Audi: all models;
  • BMW: all models apart from i3 and i8;
  • Chevrolet: all models;
  • Ferrari: 488GTB, 812 Superfast, California T & GTC4 Lusso;
  • Fiat: 500X & 500L;
  • Ford: all except GT;
  • Genesis: G80 only;
  • GMC: all;
  • Honda: all;
  • Hyundai: all;
  • Jeep: Compass, Renegade and Grand Cherokee
  • Kia: all except for K900;
  • Lexus: none;
  • Mercedes-Benz: all apart from Mercedes-AMG GT;
  • Mini: Clubman & Countryman;
  • Mitsubishi: Eclipse Cross, i-MIEV, Mirage & Outlander;
  • Nissan: Altima, Leaf, Maxima, Murano & Rogue;
  • Porsche: all;
  • Volkswagen: all apart from Touareg;
  • Volvo: everything except for V60 & S60;

It can also be fitted as an after-purchase system. Installers and providers of such solutions include:

  • Sony;
  • JVC;
  • Kenwood;
  • Clarion;
  • Pioneer;
  • Alpine.

In addition, there are over 300 models from almost every major manufacturer that can either come with or can have CarPlay fitted to them.

CarPlay - iPhone mirror system

Generically, this solution is a variant on the “connected car” concept. It essentially relates to a car that’s connected, as standard or by third party solutions, to wireless technology and the internet.

Already the principles of that are well-established in areas such as SatNav, entertainment systems and telecoms of the variety that comes with devices such as the iPhone. However, it seems likely that this will be expanded increasingly in the immediate future to incorporate things such as:

  • telematics (already here in some guises);
  • vehicle monitoring and feedback;
  • auto-navigation;
  • in-transit vehicle diagnostics;
  • driverless vehicle control.

Of all of these things, perhaps driverless systems are those that remain a major challenge due not only to the complexity of the issues involved but also to the fact that so much national and possibly international infrastructure will be required to make it feasible and acceptable to the majority of the car-using public.

CarPlay might just be one of the early steps in helping us to get there though.

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