Next-gen Apple CarPlay integrates climate control, ADAS and more

    Next-generation OS will debut on upcoming Porsche and Aston Martin models later this year.

    Published On Jun 12, 2024 11:17:00 AM

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    Apple has revealed new functionality for the next generation of CarPlay, which is set to offer much more personalisation of a car’s on-board displays. First shown at Apple's 2022 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), the new interface is finally ready to be rolled out. The next-generation CarPlay system will also control of a much wider range of on-board functions, including the climate settings, driving modes and driver assistance settings.

    1. Carmakers will be able to customise the new interface
    2. Features like reverse camera, off-road gauges, can be integrated
    3. New CarPlay to only function wirelessly

    Carmakers will be able to design these new interfaces according to a vehicle’s specification. For instance, the climate control menu can be tweaked to show how many seats and climate zones a car has, and buttons can be added for extra functions such as seat heaters.

    The new iteration of CarPlay will also be able to present a wider range of notifications on the instrument and infotainment displays, with prompts including tyre pressure warnings. Features such as reversing cameras and inclinometers, and off-road and performance gauges are also supported by the revised interface. This ensures that drivers won’t have to leave CarPlay to access more specialised functions.

    Ultimately, the design of a vehicle’s CarPlay interface will depend on how well a manufacturer supports the new technology and how it chooses to configure the displays. Aston Martin and Porsche will be the first two brands to offer the new system: it's set to arrive in each marque’s new models later this year.

    Apple said that the next-generation CarPlay will only function wirelessly and that drivers will still be able to access the existing iteration that’s contained within an infotainment screen. Explaining the new system, Tanya Kancheva, an engineer in Apple’s Car Experience division, said: "Cars have changed a lot since CarPlay first launched [in the Ferrari FF in 2014], with larger screens and with more features. People love bringing their favourite features from iPhone into the car with CarPlay. iPhone users have the choice to use CarPlay or this next generation of CarPlay that provides content for all the driver’s screens."

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