Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Apple CarPlay next generation on the way: what’s new?

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Apple updated its website, confirming that the first models of cars in the US with next-generation CarPlay support will debut in 2024, but did not provide more specific timing.

In the section Next generation CarPlay on its website, Apple changed «Announce cars that will appear in late 2023» to «The first models will appear in 2024».

The first beta-version of iOS 17.4, released today, refers to eight new applications CarPlay:

    • Automatic Settings: This application will allow you to control the connected iPhone and adjust the parameters of the car;


    • Car camera: This application will display the image from the rear view camera of the car;


    • Charging: This application for electric mobiles will display the battery charge level, charging status, time remaining until the battery is fully charged, and many others;


    • Climate: This application provides access to the car’s climate control in CarPlay, allowing you to adjust the temperature of the air conditioner or heating system, fan speed, heated seats, heated steering wheel and more;


    • Closing: This application will display if any door of the car is open, and can also display warning symbols of the car;


    • Media: This application provides access to the control elements of FM- and AM-radio stations in CarPlay, as well as to other media-options, such as SiriusXM. It is not yet known whether SiriusXM will offer satellite connectivity or remain limited to streaming via the Internet. Users will be able to choose from a list of music genres, such as Top 40 and Rock;


    • Tire pressure: This application maps the air pressure in each tire of the car and warns of low, high and low tire pressure;


    • Trips: This app provides various driving-related data, including average vehicle speed, fuel or energy efficiency, total trip time, and more.


First announcing the next generation of CarPlay, Apple said that the list of presented automakers includes Acura, Audi, Ford, Honda, Infiniti, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Polestar, Porsche, Renault and Volvo.

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