Tag Archive for ‘CarPlay’

This Adapter Turns Standard CarPlay Into Wireless CarPlay ➝

Zac Hall reviews a nifty little adapter that turns a wired CarPlay head unit into a wireless one. My wife and I have been looking at buying a new vehicle soon, but the model we want only offers wired CarPlay. When we eventually make our purchase, we’ll almost certainly get one of these adapters so we aren’t forced to tether our device in the car.

➝ Source: 9to5mac.com

How to Add Wireless CarPlay to Any Car With an Android Tablet ➝

This is actually pretty rad and seems like a neat weekend project to play around with. But taking it a bit further, it makes me wonder how much it would cost and how difficult it would be to replace my car’s head unit with something that I could get wireless CarPlay on.

➝ Source: redmondpie.com

Porsche Refuses Android Auto Terms ➝

Jonny Lieberman, writing for Motortrend:

There’s no technological reason the 991/2 doesn’t have Android Auto playing through its massively upgraded PCM system. Why doesn’t it have it? As part of the agreement an automaker would have to enter with Google, Porsche said certain pieces of data must be collected and transmitted back to Mountain View, California. Stuff like vehicle speed, throttle position, coolant and oil temp, engine revs—basically Google wants a complete OBD2 dump whenever someone activates Android Auto. Not kosher, says Porsche. Obviously, this is “off the record,” but Porsche feels info like that is the secret sauce that makes its cars special. Moreover, giving such data to a multibillion-dollar corporation that’s actively building a car, well, that ain’t good, either. Apple, by way of stark contrast, only wants to know if the car is moving while Apple Play is in use. It makes you wonder why other OEMs have agreed to Google’s terms, no?

Google has since issued a statement, as published by TechCrunch:

Steering this story straight – we take privacy very seriously and do not collect the data the Motor Trend article claims such as throttle position, oil temp and coolant temp. Users opt in to share information with Android Auto that improves their experience, so the system can be hands-free when in Drive, and provide more accurate navigation through the car’s GPS.

Google asks the user for permission to collect this data when an Android device is first connected, but I’m willing to bet that most users just tap their way through the interface and agree to whatever appears. However, privacy isn’t the sticking point here. The car manufacturers don’t care whether or not the user has to opt-in for the data to be collected. The problem from the car manufacturers’ perspective is simply that Google is trying to collect this information in the first place.

Google’s a company with a lot of resources who could pose a serious threat to the auto industry if they ever decided to release an actual product. And the data collected from Android Auto could be a tremendous help for Google in the development of automobiles (whether they be self-driving or not). It’s clearly in the auto manufacturers best interest to prevent Google from collecting this data, even if it means omitting a feature that some customers might be expecting.

Toyota Has No Plans to Adopt CarPlay or Android Auto in US ➝

Aaron Kessler and Brian Chen, reporting for The New York Times:

John Hanson, the national manager of Toyota’s advanced technology communications, said while the company talked frequently with both Google and Apple, it currently had no plans to adopt Android Auto or CarPlay in the United States.

Something tells me this is a foolish decision. It seems like Android Auto and CarPlay would be worth making available, at least as an add-on option in new vehicles.

Overcast 1.1 ➝

iPad support, landscape view, and CarPlay support — I’ve never wanted a car with CarPlay more than I do now. Marco Arment did a great job with this update, I just wish I could turn off the landscape view without having to turn on the system-wide rotation lock in control center.

Pioneer Demos CarPlay on its NEX Systems ➝

I would really love to have CarPlay in my car. But, I’m not sure if going to the trouble of purchasing and installing an aftermarket system is really what I want to be doing. Maybe I’d feel better about it if the NEX system’s interface wasn’t so god-awful looking when you weren’t using CarPlay.

(Via The Loop.)

Aftermarket CarPlay Receivers Unlikely to Arrive in 2014 ➝

Looks like Pioneer is distancing themselves from their recent comments while Scott Caswell, marketing manager for Kenwood, tells AppleInsider that CarPlay won’t be in any of their products set for release in 2014.

Pioneer Working on Aftermarket CarPlay Compatibility ➝

According to a MacRumors reader, who spoke with a Pioneer customer service representative, Pioneer is looking into implementing CarPlay into existing and future products.

I’m not sure if I’d actually be willing to go through the trouble of installing an aftermarket head unit. But, if the price was right and I knew that the installation would go smoothly, I’d be awfully tempted.