Carplay is defective and dangerous

Discussion in 'HomeKit, HomePod, CarPlay, Home & Auto Technology' started by wmconlon, Nov 13, 2015.

  1. wmconlon macrumors newbie


    Nov 13, 2015
    Situation: brand new 2016 Chevy Volt. Plug phone in and carplay is available.

    Select Music, then browse to Artists. Wheel of Death spins for about 10 minutes, then the dashboard console goes black and reboots.

    Repeat and select Albums. Same result.

    BTW, my music library is a good size, but not huge, and kept in the Apple cloud.

    Sounds to me like:
    1. no realistic usability testing.
    2. memory leak
    3. Safety hazard, as this crashed the GM provided console, not just the Carplay components. Navigation got completed lost while I was driving. No idea what other things could go wrong.
    4. Attack vector. Sounds like a maliciously crafted artist list could be used to hack into the console and then perhaps the entire vehicle.
  2. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    Just plug a cable into your head unit like in the old days, or play a cassette like in the good old days.:D
  3. Lobwedgephil macrumors 601


    Apr 7, 2012
    Been using it for about four months and never experienced anything like that. It has a few bugs, but really like it for the most part.
  4. viperGTS macrumors 68000

    Nov 15, 2010
    That sounds more like a GM issue than a CarPlay one, especially if the entire GM console failed.
  5. alFR macrumors 68020

    Aug 10, 2006
    Sounds to me like you should be going back to the dealer and getting them to sort your faulty Volt out.
  6. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Got to be a GM issue as it work fine for both me and two of my friends.
  7. docprego macrumors 65816

    Jun 12, 2007
    Henderson, NV
  8. ohio.emt macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2008
    How is it dangerous? It crashing the radio/navigation interface isn't a safety issue.
  9. RadioGaGa1984 Suspended


    May 23, 2015
    Why is it that people always blame Apple for either user error or some other manufacturers error. It never ceases to amaze me.
  10. Rhonindk macrumors 68040


    You don't know what else is hooked/linked to that system. You could have EMM or Safety features linked into that system.
  11. gordon1234 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
    If any of those things are hooked directly to the software that controls the entertainment features, that's a massive safety issue in itself that has nothing whatsoever to do with Apple.
  12. wmconlon thread starter macrumors newbie


    Nov 13, 2015
    Here are some reasons why it could be dangerous.
    1. Crashing the console while navigating could cause you to miss a turn. You may recall people following bad mapping directions off the road.
    2. Crashing the console could distract the driver.
    3. Crashing the console during a 911 call could result in inadvertent emergency dispatch, which is inherently hazardous, or could delay emergency dispatch, potentially resulting in dire results.
  13. wmconlon thread starter macrumors newbie


    Nov 13, 2015
    1. Because Apple supplies the SDK used for integrating CarPlay.
    2. It's Apple's product that fails. The GM console works just fine until CarPlay is introduced.
  14. wmconlon thread starter macrumors newbie


    Nov 13, 2015
    I called GM OnStar to report the first occurence. They followed up today and indicated there are other known cases and asked me to take the vehicle into the Dealer. Perhaps there will be a fix, or perhaps they will just ask me to replicate the problem.
  15. wmconlon thread starter macrumors newbie


    Nov 13, 2015
    Well undoubtedly GM has to fix the firmware. I reported via OnStar immediately after the first occurence. GM followed up today to gather more info, indicated there were other similar cases, and asked that I take the car in for service. Whether that is to update firmware or diagnose remains to be seen.
  16. pat500000 macrumors G3


    Jun 3, 2015
    Do you trust Apple, now?
  17. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Could it be the car's software/firmware that has some issue that makes it react this way? If there's some issue the car's software/hardware shouldn't crash because of it as it should be able to handle a problem and recover from it.
  18. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 603

    Knowlege Bomb

    Feb 14, 2008
    Madison, WI
    I'm with those saying this is a GM issue. I've been using CarPlay for a few months and have had zero issues. It's a beautiful system and I love that it reflects any UI tweaks or themes I have installed on my phone (icon themes, signal bars, etc.).
  19. Rhonindk macrumors 68040


    Irregardless of who is at fault, this is one of the aspects that Apple Car Play concerns me. This isn't like a phone or tablet having a "hiccup" rather a one-ton plus guided missile rolling through the public space. Apple is Arrogant / Vain enough to want it their way and not allow all the testing / review that should be done. Not sure if Android Auto is better but by all accounts so far it is more safety fail-safe designed.
  20. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    We know that the issue here is because of any of that and not something else? Clearly it's not "irregardless" if then there are "arrogant" and "vain" refrences that follow.
  21. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    Please, go on.

    I'm of the mind that "infotainment" systems are dangerous to begin with, but they should absolutely be completely walled off from the command systems in our wired cars these days. Do you have any actual information as to how carplay interacts with such systems or is the risk here that some teenage hacker could stick a picture of a dick on your car screen?
  22. Rhonindk macrumors 68040


    This issue is a tick on the charts. The concern is real. Unfortunately it will tack a significant safety issue before we as users for the most part give it credence.
  23. uhaas macrumors 6502


    Aug 31, 2012
    Twin Cities, MN
    GM has a responsibility to make sure their software doesn't crash, whether that's Apple Car Play, Google's equivalent, or a thumb drive loaded with malicious intent. Apple can't control the firmware of every car model out there.

    Also, the title of the thread should change to GM is defective and dangerous, since it's their bug.
  24. andyw715 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2013
  25. MistrSynistr macrumors 65816

    May 15, 2014
    This could be a GM issue. My buddy bought a 2015 GMC Terrain that does not have Carplay that had this same issue with crashing, controls turning off, literally 15 mins off the lot. It's something GM knows about and is trying to downplay.

    (His intellilink console program or whatever it is)

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