CarPlay

Hyundai hands the keys to CarPlay and Android Auto

Hyundai hands the keys to CarPlay and Android Auto

Hyundai hasn't been slow to embrace either CarPlay or Android Auto, but Apple and Google's infotainment systems look set to become even more central to the car firm's dashboards in 2015. A new Display Audio head-unit set to eventually become Hyundai's volume option across all entry-level cars will ditch the CD player and onboard navigation in favor of offloading it to the driver's iPhone or Android device, in what the company claims will save cash for drivers already committed to their smartphones and not bothered by duplicating functionality with expensive in-dash upgrades.

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Audi Q7 features Virtual Cockpit in premium SUV

Audi Q7 features Virtual Cockpit in premium SUV

Inside the newly announced Audi Q7, the newest version of Audi virtual cockpit will run the show. Users will be working with a new MMI all-in touch control unit, and both Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are also able to be run to connect to users' iPhone or Android smartphone. This vehicle makes its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, bringing on a vehicle that emphasizes Audi's abilities to deliver a vehicle with lightweight construction, efficiency, and smart assistance systems inside.

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Alpine iLX-007 is CarPlay ready, shipping now

Alpine iLX-007 is CarPlay ready, shipping now

Apple’s CArPlay sounds great, but the official offerings straight form car manufacturers are slim right now. Unless you want a 2015 Sonata, or like Pioneer decks, there isn’t an easy way to get involved with Apple’s new in-car system. If you like Alpine decks, we’ve got good news. The company has released their first CarPlay deck, the iLX-007. With the iLX-007, you’ll have the power of Siri in your car, as well as apps like Rdio, Messages, and Maps at your fingertips.

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Apple CarPlay available for Pioneer NEX in-dash receivers

Apple CarPlay available for Pioneer NEX in-dash receivers

Pioneer has announced that its cool line of NEX in-dash receivers have a new trick with a firmware update available for the series that brings support for Apple CarPlay. Aftermarket audio manufacturers aren't the only companies that will be supporting CarPlay, a list of automakers who will be installing CarPlay from the factory was unveiled in July.

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What’s Apple’s huge iPhone 6 event center secret?

What’s Apple’s huge iPhone 6 event center secret?

There’s a really, really big box sitting near the Flint Center. It's only a bit over a week before Apple's next event here, and a massive white structure is being worked on which will likely be unveiled in full on the 9th of September, 2014. Inside this box may very well be an environment in which the iPhone 6 can show off its next-generation abilities.

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The dirty little secret about in-car voice control

The dirty little secret about in-car voice control

Speaking to your car's dashboard has been hailed by many as the answer to driver distraction, but most systems are flawed, respond poorly, and motorists don't really care about their features, research indicates. Automotive survey heavyweight J.D. Power went digging through reported vehicle quality, and found that lackluster infotainment - substandard voice control systems in particular - was a frequent complaint.

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Apple CarPlay expands with 9 new partners

Apple CarPlay expands with 9 new partners

Apple’s automotive bid with CarPlay has just expanded with a handful of new high-powered partners. CarPlay partners have already joined the team earlier this year, this list just expanding on an already strong selection of creators. Alfa Romero, Abarth, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Mazda, and RAM have all been announced to join the crew.

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2015 Hyundai Sonata first-drive: CarPlay & Android Auto onboard

2015 Hyundai Sonata first-drive: CarPlay & Android Auto onboard

Hyundai has something to prove in the midsized segment, and the 2015 Sonata is the car it's aiming to do that with. Dropping the droopy design for a tauter, more sturdy appearance, and stepping up its game with more usable performance, clever electronic toys like smart cruise control, and interior space that belongs with a class above, the new Sonata wants you to forget the Camry, Passat, and Fusion in favor of a US-made Korean alternative. Ambitious, but as I found behind the wheel there's plenty to recommend it.

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Ferrari FF CarPlay hands-on plus Pioneer’s Apple upgrade

Ferrari FF CarPlay hands-on plus Pioneer’s Apple upgrade

CarPlay is coming, and Apple's push to put iOS and Siri in the dashboard could be one of the most significant plays from the Cupertino firm since the iPhone itself. Breaking away from the multitude of different infotainment UIs, CarPlay pushes out a customized iOS interface instead, with familiar apps like Apple Maps, iTunes, and Messages, all controlled by voice. I spent some time in three demo vehicles - Ferrari's eye-widening FF, Chevrolet's latest Spark EV, and a beautiful classic Mustang - to see how CarPlay works.

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