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Apple’s CarPlay software platform is now available in more than 800 vehicle models sold in the United States, according to a recent update on the company’s website. The figure represents an increase of over 200 models from the previous tally of 600, indicating the increasing popularity of in-car software among drivers.
CarPlay is a software platform developed by Apple that enables drivers to use their iPhone’s apps and features through a vehicle’s infotainment system. It allows drivers to use their phone’s messaging, music, and navigation apps on a larger display, with voice-activated controls.
Last week, General Motors announced that it plans to phase out CarPlay in future electric vehicles in favor of its own in-car software platform developed in partnership with Google. The decision sparked a backlash from some customers, given CarPlay’s popularity. However, GM stood by its plans in an interview with The Verge, saying that it is building a “holistically integrated” operating system with a “much-improved navigation and charging experience for future EV owners”.
Apple, for its part, plans to introduce the next generation of CarPlay later this year. The new version promises support for multiple displays across the dashboard, instrument cluster integration, built-in climate controls, an FM radio app, widgets, increased personalization, and more. Apple said that the first vehicles with support for the new CarPlay experience will be announced later this year, with over a dozen automakers committed to offering it.
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At last year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple touted CarPlay as a “must-have feature when shopping for a new vehicle”. The company claimed that 79% of US buyers would only consider a vehicle that works with CarPlay and that the platform is available in 98% of vehicles sold in the country.