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Going mobile with Apple's CarPlay (and a VW)

Alex Burinskiy | Nov. 9, 2015
When it comes to software like CarPlay and Android Auto, integration with on-board systems is key.

I have found the Messages app in CarPlay is surprisingly easy to use. Rarely do I find that it has typos or doesn't understand what I am saying. Given that many states have laws banning texting while driving (as they should), this is important. I'd still like to see Apple introduce a privacy mode that can be set before beginning to drive in case you have a passenger with you that you don't want hearing all your messages read out loud.

Final thoughts

Overall, CarPlay is a clear win for Apple, even though that it is still in its early years. I am excited to see what's to come with this technology but I'm convinced that much of its future success will depend on more apps becoming available. CarPlay is a step in the right direction in helping car owners avoid paying automakers thousands of dollars for built-in GPS and telematics systems that will quickly become outdated. It's especially useful now that most people have decent cell phone service and can use a smartphone. The clear advantage here is that the device's software is upgradable.

As useful as CarPlay is this year, it should be even more useful in the future.


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