Audi to Introduce CarPlay Compatible Cars in 2015

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jun 27, 2014.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Audi has announced plans to integrate Apple's CarPlay system into its Audi Multi Media Interface, and new Audi models supporting CarPlay will become available to customers beginning in 2015. Audi says that its development lab in Silicon Valley is in an "intensive dialog" with Apple as it works to integrate CarPlay into Audi cars.

    Designed to overlay an iPhone's display on a car's in-dash infotainment system, CarPlay allows users hands-free access for functions like getting directions, making phone calls, sending messages, and more, using Siri voice control. CarPlay also includes support for several different iPhone apps like Spotify, Beats Music, iHeartRadio, and MLB at Bat, among others.

    Audi joins a number of other manufacturers that have partnered with Apple, including Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, BMW, Ford, Hyundai, GM, and Honda, with the first CarPlay-supported cars becoming available later this year. Several aftermarket consoles from companies like Alpine and Pioneer will also support CarPlay before the end of the year.

    Update 6/30: Audi has provided some additional details on its CarPlay plans. The company will release CarPlay enabled models in Europe in 2015 and will bring the feature to U.S. Audi cars in 2016.

    Article Link: Audi to Introduce CarPlay Compatible Cars in 2015
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 15, 2011
    Notice how this announcement comes after Google announces their own CarPlay alternative. And... Google is mentioned first.
  3. macrumors 6502


    May 13, 2014
    Cape Town
    This is great news for me. I was due for a new Audi this year but put off acquiring it for several reasons, so it's nice that this feature will be coming to their cars soon.

    I wonder if they'll allow this feature to be used with their older cars via their "Multi Media Interface"
  4. macrumors regular


    Jul 29, 2008
    Crap! I just bought a 2014 Audi A4. Oh wells. I can TRY retrofitting, but never had good luck in this area. :rolleyes:
  5. macrumors 6502


    Jul 6, 2001
    Miami Beach
    Great news!

    My lease will be up next year and, of course, I am getting another Audi S5 Cabrio. Can't wait! :cool:
  6. macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2012
    Can't wait for Google to be able to track wherever my car goes just like my Android phone can track me!
  7. macrumors 6502


    May 13, 2014
    Cape Town
    Well it would make more sense to integrate this now than before. Previously they'd only be catering for a small percentage of their customers whilst alienating the rest. Whereas now they're catering for a much larger customer base.

    And I doubt that theres anything cryptic with placing Google before Apple in their statement:rolleyes:
  8. macrumors 68000

    Mar 5, 2012
    Central California
    Macrumours do u just copy and past stories from 9to5Mac?
  9. macrumors 6502


    Feb 14, 2012
    That doesn't sound too good for my 2013 A4 running qnx. Would love a software update.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 3, 2012

    well the announcement that audi joined the "Open Automotive Alliance" created by google came months ago... which is why it has been very unclear if and when audi would include carplay as well, especially since apple never mentioned them.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2014
    Why cant this be backwards compatible, i so want car play in my A4 :(
  12. macrumors regular


    Jul 29, 2008
    I should have leased my Audi..not just this, but because of not being content. lol. :rolleyes:
  13. macrumors member

    Sep 28, 2012
    It's kind of sad that the automotive industry while already a huge resource hog now has turned their vehicles into e-waste. Not getting rid of cars anymore because they are worn out or broken, just because the radio head unit is old. And it's sub 1000 dollar cost of equipment on cars that were 40k and up new. I just purchased a 2014 Audi allroad. It angers me that it has to have a t-mobile sim and I can't share data from my verizon iphone to te car.
  14. macrumors regular

    Jan 19, 2008
    Walton-on-Thames, UK
    I hope I'll be able to charge my phone in the car by then. iOS Betas 1 & 2 have both suspended that ability!
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2014
    There have been rumors about Apple, BMW, and Audi working together since the pre-iPhone days. CarPlay looks really nice but has come far too late. Car entertainment systems are really lame today. Carmakers think that making the system more complicated and harder to use will impress consumers. Honda actually did it right. No touch screen, just one button per input, volume controls, and skip buttons. Would be perfect if it worked better with the iPhone and iPod.

    Land Rover needs this most of all. Currently, their system lags for several seconds while skipping songs, lags while changing the volume, disconnects from iPhones over Bluetooth all the time, and takes about 8 touch screen button presses (20 if you count times when it doesn't recognize the input) to start playing music from an iPhone.
  16. macrumors 6502


    Oct 23, 2010
    Gahanna, OH
  17. macrumors 68000

    Jun 24, 2010
    So which Android phone do you own? Obviously you love being tracked.
  18. macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2014
    Audi Disable Voice Activation on the Cabriolet

    I have a new A3 Cabriolet with the advanced tech pack and audi connect and Audi disable the voice activation system on the Cabriolet even when the hood is up and it is as quiet as a Saloon. Hence SIRI voice activation etc would not work in a Cabriolet if through the Audi systems, unless they change their approach.
  19. macrumors 68000

    Apr 27, 2005
    Do we know for sure that this won't be available for older cars via a software update? I mean if it's just a software overlay, there's absolutely no reason at all older units with sufficient hardware could run CarPlay. No one really buys cars solely for the in-car operating system, holding out on CarPlay for just newer cars doesn't seem to make much sense.
  20. macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2006
  21. macrumors regular

    Apr 12, 2007
    I'm close to buying a Q5 so this is good news. Gonna have to wait a while tho.
  22. jjd
    macrumors regular

    Aug 22, 2003
    Phil, that is easily fixed. I had the same issue with my S5 convert. Took 3 mins to fix with VAGCOM. Here is a link to one of many descriptions on how to do it...
  23. macrumors regular

    May 7, 2014
    Mission Viejo CA
    interesting that not all of VWoA was included...just Audi.

    Volkswagen...where are you?
  24. macrumors 6502

    Apr 8, 2009
    VWoA? Try VWAG as a whole except for Audi.
  25. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 5, 2012
    Car Play Not for me

    Today, without Car Play, it cost an arm and a leg for Nav system and a premium stereo component system. Nope, I will buy the appropriate mount and use it to mount my iPad Mini. I will save myself 2 or 3 grand. :D

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