Apple wants to expand CarPlay with new additions for air conditioning, seats, instrument cluster and other features

Apple wants to expand CarPlay with new additions for air conditioning, seats, instrument cluster and other features

It was quite a capital investment as I had to replace the obsolete sound system with one that supports iPhone USB/Bluetooth. But it’s much better than a tablet system that outsized the 2DIN form factor these days, what with bright screens and all.

One aspect of CarPlay I like is that everything is hosted on my phone, so I don’t leave navigation history on an inbuilt GPS system in a rental car.

Highlights

  • Then came along this Coral iPhone Carplay adapter, which I initially find questionable mainly because it would be like having a dash-mounted GPS unit anyway. But then I thought about the benefits of having multi-monitor access to my smartphone. It might just be worthwhile in a world where screens have dominated the dashboard.

  • That said, in another car, the USB connection is audio only, so my phone acts as the primary screen. I am no longer able to “multi-monitor” with maps on the big screen and the speed camera app in another.

I also find myself using Maps to go anywhere. Not because I want to know the route but because I get estimates of drive time and traffic visibility on the display as well as re-routes en-route due to congestion. Very helpful for commuting. Again, no contact with the phone is necessary. My phone stays out of my hand.

I have a Kenwood head unit supporting CarPlay. It is, without equivocation, worth the cost. I use Apple, Amazon, or Pandora music services rather than using the radio with incessant commercials. I can easily switch services or music using Siri, the CarPlay display, or the steering wheel controls of my car. My phone stays out of my hand.

When necessary to text, I use Siri and the CarPlay to read text messages I receive and respond. My phone stays out of my hand.

When I receive a call, I take it over the speakerphone using the mike of the head unit and the car’s stereo. Sound is usually clear on both sides, much better than when using the bluetooth connection from the head unit. My phone stays out of my hand.

Lastly, the CarPlay software comes from the phone and is enhanced whenever Apple changes the software. So no software updates are necessary in the head unit to maintain functionality as my phone software changes or my connected phone changes. And the interface is standard so it is far and away better than the integrated software in my ‘smart’ head unit. Post lastly, most of the units supporting CarPlay also support Android Auto. So there is no need to me to change head units if I change phone platforms.