When Apple debuted CarPlay at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the company confirmed that it had deals with about a dozen manufacturers, including Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo. That's quite a price range, so even if that Ferrari thing threw you off, you'll probably be able to find a car equipped with CarPlay that you can actually afford. These are the early adopters, but nearly every manufacturer will be able to play nice with CarPlay in 2015. Besides, who doesn't need more shiny gadgetry in the cockpit of their 651-horsepower Ferrari FF? What else are you going to do, just drive it? That's ridiculous.
If you Android fans are feeling the freezer burn of Siri's cold shoulder, don't worry. Google announced its Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) at the 2014 CES. It'll do pretty much the same thing as CarPlay, and it should also be in cars by the end of 2014. The early list of partners for OAA includes GM, Audi, and most interestingly, Hyundai and Honda. That's right -- those last two nutty manufacturers are working with both Google and Apple for in-car connectivity, like the Switzerlands of automotive apps. So if you kit-out your car at the dealership, you'll likely be able to choose the operating environment you already live in for the car you want to buy. And as long as the operating system lives on your phone rather than in the car's hard drive, it makes perfect sense.
Author's Note: How Apple CarPlay Works
There are many things I love about living -- and driving -- in this future. I love traction control, and collision mitigation systems, and automatic cruise control, and playing Pandora stations or Spotify playlists through my stereo. But all that other business -- sending text messages via voice command, having your appointments read to you while you drive -- that stuff should be left for the driverless cars of the next future. We still have to pay attention to the street ahead of us and the crazy kids on bikes on the sides of us, and that's hard to do when someone is reminding you that you have a dentist appointment at noon. Sure, your hands are on the wheel and your eyes are facing forward, but most of us turn our attention inward when we're listening to Siri or her ilk. It's not about where your hands and eyes go; it's about where your brain goes. As soon as you've got a driverless car, your brain can go wherever you like.
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