Discover the future of in-car connectivity with the next generation of Apple CarPlay. Uncover 5 game-changing features set to redefine your driving.
Revving Up the Drive
At WWDC 2022, Apple provided a sneak peek into the next generation of CarPlay, promising a deeper integration with various vehicle functions.
While the initial announcement generated excitement, there have been limited updates since.
Here, we recap five key features expected from the new CarPlay version, which is set to launch later this year.
Instrument Cluster Integration
The next-gen CarPlay experience aims to seamlessly integrate with a vehicle's instrument cluster.
This includes vital information like the speedometer, tachometer, odometer, fuel gauge, engine temperature gauge, and oil pressure gauge.
Drivers can look forward to selecting from various gauge cluster designs and layouts, including options tailored to specific car brands.
One of the standout features is the ability to access and control your vehicle's climate settings directly through CarPlay.
This means adjusting the temperature of your A/C or heating system, fan speed, heated seats, heated steering wheel, and more—all from the CarPlay interface, ensuring maximum convenience while on the road.
The upcoming CarPlay version will be designed to work seamlessly across all displays within a vehicle.
Whether it's the main infotainment screen, the instrument cluster, or any additional dashboard screens, users can expect a consistent and intuitive experience.
CarPlay will be adaptable to different vehicle models, accommodating unique screen shapes and layouts.
Widgets will play a significant role in the enhanced CarPlay experience.
Users can enjoy at-a-glance information on various aspects of their journey, including trip duration, fuel economy, distance traveled, upcoming calendar events, weather conditions, recent phone calls, and even the status of a HomeKit-enabled garage door.
These widgets will be accessible and scrollable within the instrument cluster, making information readily available.
FM Radio App
The upcoming CarPlay version introduces a brand-new Radio app. This app simplifies control over the FM radio in your vehicle, allowing you to effortlessly switch between stations and enjoy your favorite music and shows while on the move.
While the new CarPlay version is anticipated, there are also notable enhancements when using CarPlay with an iPhone running iOS 17.
This includes SharePlay support in the Music app for passengers and real-time information on electric vehicle charging station availability.
As we await the official release, these upcoming features promise to make CarPlay an even more integral part of the driving experience, keeping drivers connected and informed while on the road.