CarPlay New to CarPlay questions please

MrMister111

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Looking forward to getting a car that has CarPlay in (here in UK). It was actually one of my high up decisions that next car must have CarPlay tbh.

1) So using Apple maps, or now even Waze or Google maps, does it use mobile data all the time? How much data does it use to navigate with?

2) Is the CarPlay system built in to the iPhone rather than the car system? What I mean is will my car stay up to date no matter what (car system updates are notoriously slow, costly), and when iOS gets CarPlay updates will see it immediately?

3) As this is wired, what's best dock or way to easily get CarPlay running? What mean is I do a lot of short journeys but would like CarPlay all the time. Just maybe a little inconvenient to have to keep plugging/unplugging wonder if any good solutions? Don't want to limit to an specific iPhone in case upgrade iPhone as well.

4) I believe Apple maps won't let you have speed camera, but with iOS 12 and waze and Google maps can this be added for CarPlay interface?

5) Can you use Apple maps on a iMac and "send to.." so as to make iPhone remember for navigation once in car using CarPlay? I know you can do this for iPhone navigation, but wonder if this extends to CarPlay.

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Julien

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Suggestion: number your questions and only start with 4. Then add questions as answered. This is a little TL;DR. ;)

Uses about the same amount of starting as just using the iPhone for navigation.

CarPlay is mostly all in the iPhone and the iPhone is doing just about everting.

You can send your Directions from your Mac to your iPhone (CarPlay) just the same as now. I do this all the time.

Here is my setup.

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MrMister111

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That wouldn't work for me as the chip stands are no where near a usb email socket unfortunately.

Thanks for answers to.
 

spinstorm

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1) So using Apple maps, or now even Waze or Google maps, does it use mobile data all the time? How much data does it use to navigate with?

As above it uses the same amount of data as using it on your phone. If your worried about your data allowance it suggests you should like to increase your data.

2) Is the CarPlay system built in to the iPhone rather than the car system? What I mean is will my car stay up to date no matter what (car system updates are notoriously slow, costly), and when iOS gets CarPlay updates will see it immediately?

It is just projecting the screen from the phone to the car so you will stay up to date with CarPlay updates as long as you have the new iOS updates. However unlike Android Auto which gets regular updates you only get CarPlay updates and changes with the new versions of IOS so once a year.

3) As this is wired, what's best dock or way to easily get CarPlay running? What mean is I do a lot of short journeys but would like CarPlay all the time. Just maybe a little inconvenient to have to keep plugging/unplugging wonder if any good solutions? Don't want to limit to an specific iPhone in case upgrade iPhone as well.

Honestly if your car has CarPlay then just leave a lightening cable in the car and plug it in every time. It’s really not a Hassle or complicated. The idea with CarPlay is that you don’t touch the phone screen when driving. It’s all controlled using the car or Siri.

4) I believe Apple maps won't let you have speed camera, but with iOS 12 and waze and Google maps can this be added for CarPlay interface?

Waze has speed cameras built in so when waze is updated to work with iOS 12 it will let you know when there are speed cameras.

5) Can you use Apple maps on a iMac and "send to.." so as to make iPhone remember for navigation once in car using CarPlay? I know you can do this for iPhone navigation, but wonder if this extends to CarPlay.

Yes, also worth remembering that google maps is on the iPhone on CarPlay as well now. But you can’t control it with Siri. Apple don’t appear to want to share Siri control for Google Maps.
 
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Cheesybugger

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Yes, also worth remembering that google maps is on the iPhone on CarPlay as well now. But you can’t control it with Siri. Apple don’t appear to want to share Siri control for Google Maps.
You can tell Siri to open Google maps and it does but its no use asking Siri to find any location because it just opens Apple Maps and then doesn’t recognise the town I mentioned and just comes up with a load of irrelevant rubbish. They really need to either improve Siri greatly or scrap it in favour of something else.
 

wesley96

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1. Data consumption happens on the app, so if the app can use offline data, then no additional data is spent. Obviously, it’s up to the app to support this function.

2. CarPlay is a way for an iPhone to project an app screen to the car’s display. All the car does is to show the app and send touchscreen commands. All the updates will happen on the phone. Major updates to the CarPlay API generally happen with major iOS updates, but refinements will happen with minor updates.

3. Find an iPhone dock with a charging port and an attachment to the car that you will feel comfortable with.

4. CarPlay API apparently lets the developer add speed limit warning, because the CarPlay navigation app I use, Kakao Navi (it works in Korea only), has no problems showing the warning, red blinking screen, speed limit value, and all.

5. For the Apple Maps, anything sent to the app will show up on the CarPlay interface as it’s the same app.
 
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PeteLP

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You can tell Siri to open Google maps and it does but its no use asking Siri to find any location because it just opens Apple Maps and then doesn’t recognise the town I mentioned and just comes up with a load of irrelevant rubbish. They really need to either improve Siri greatly or scrap it in favour of something else.
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IMO That's quite an overstatement. When you open google maps you can tap the mike icon to enter google destinations by voice. Works very well.
 

Cheesybugger

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(emphasis above is mine)

IMO That's quite an overstatement. When you open google maps you can tap the mike icon to enter google destinations by voice. Works very well.
If you tap the mike icon yes. I was talking about asking Siri to open Google maps and go to a location.
 
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