Apple is reportedly in talks with Volkswagen to begin offering CarPlay in their vehicles

Ever since Apple announced their new CarPlay back in March, a feature which integrates services such as Siri and Maps into your dashboard, consumers have been wondering if more automakers would adopt the new technology. Seeing as how Volkswagen had been a partner from the start, it is strange that they have not yet mentioned when the feature will make it to their line of vehicles.

An exclusive report from 9to5Mac claims that Apple and Volkswagen are currently in talks to offer the CarPlay interface sooner than expected. Announcements from both companies are expected to be made in the coming months, and even though the report states that they will begin offering this feature in the 2016 VW models, the exact models that will include this feature have not been specified.

It is speculated that Apple unveiled CarPlay to directly compete with Microsoft, which demonstrated a new Sync-like concept that is based off of Windows 8 at the 2014 BUILD conference. Ever since it's release with iOS 7.1, CarPlay has been highly acclaimed. Despite the fact that it hasn't been widely adopted yet, there is still much potential for this technology. It will be interesting to see how well the platform performs once automakers begin to offer this service in the coming months.

Source: 9to5Mac

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I can see it now, in 3 years the car wont be able to update to the new CarPlay and you will be out of luck ;). Or you have to drop 1000 on a new dash panel.

I'd rather get this sort of thing as an after-market add-on, kind of like upgrading your car stereo. That way I can be sure it'll work with my preferred tech.

The big question is, does it work in conjunction with any phone OS like WP and Android?. If not that would be a big NO for me. I hope we see soon a car manufacturer that comes out with an entertainment system that adapts to the car owners phone and not vice versa.

Exactly my problem. I don't want my car to be tied to one mobile OS. That is pure ######. I want a unified car multimedia system that supports any phone OS. At least bluetooth will still be there for calls, messages, and audio.

Gungel said,
The big question is, does it work in conjunction with any phone OS like WP and Android?. If not that would be a big NO for me. I hope we see soon a car manufacturer that comes out with an entertainment system that adapts to the car owners phone and not vice versa.

You'd hope that Apple wouldn't be so stupid / arrogant to do this. In order for the technology to be successful it should work / pair with the leading mobile platform which is Android - they'll be shooting the product in the foot if they make it iOS only.

As an ex-iPhone user, I can give you this advise: Never underestimate Apple's arrogance.

Chicane-UK said,

You'd hope that Apple wouldn't be so stupid / arrogant to do this. In order for the technology to be successful it should work / pair with the leading mobile platform which is Android - they'll be shooting the product in the foot if they make it iOS only.

Gungel said,
The big question is, does it work in conjunction with any phone OS like WP and Android?. If not that would be a big NO for me. I hope we see soon a car manufacturer that comes out with an entertainment system that adapts to the car owners phone and not vice versa.

Are you sh*tting me? When's the last time Apple intentionally made a product that could interoperate with a competitor's?

They can keep their Apple car.

I bought a car earlier this year and at least three different models that I really liked as cars got dropped from consideration because the only way to get them was with the manufacturer's craptastic built-in navigation system. I live in Silicon Valley, yet any car that wasn't bare bones base trim had built in Nav. I have a smart phone with built in GPS (Lumia Icon to be exact) I can choose what ever map & navigation system I get free over the air map updates. So why would I burden myself with a built in system which would require me to at best, pay for a download on a USB drive to update the system or more likely make me go to a dealer and have them load an update once a year IF they bother to update it that often?

Gungel said,
The big question is, does it work in conjunction with any phone OS like WP and Android?.

Sure it will, albeit with reduced (as in severely) fidelity. If you pair or plug a lightning bolt connector based iOS 7 or higher device into it or , everything that's safe to do in a moving vehicle will be exposed via CarPlay. Connect an anything else via Bluetooth and you can receive calls, make them as long as you dial them from the device, and stream via A2DP.

In other words if I'm ever tempted to buy a car that has CarPlay in it and does not play well with non-iOS devices, the feature will count as a mark against just like every single car that has built in navigation.

currently looking at buying a Veedub, but if this is true, it will need further investigation. I don't want this in my car

Melfster said,
Why not I am sure it just an option. It similar to google product.

Because for some people, their bizarre hatred of certain vendors runs too deeply to use an ounce of common sense.

ZipZapRap said,
currently looking at buying a Veedub, but if this is true, it will need further investigation. I don't want this in my car
So you would not buy a vehicle you like based on this fact? My Goodness! If my cars had a Blackberry interface I wouldn't care. I purchase vehicles for other important features.

Melfster said,
Why not I am sure it just an option. It similar to google product.

An option would be good. I just don't like being tied into any one of the big three, MSFT included. I like their idea of broadcasting the phone OS of choice instead

Chicane-UK said,

Because for some people, their bizarre hatred of certain vendors runs too deeply to use an ounce of common sense.

oh look, a sideways snipe! how brave

ZipZapRap said,

correct

just to further this point, I did mention, it'd need further investigation, so to clarify, it'd be a mark against the car, not an outright no.

Well I certainly wouldn't want Apple Maps navigation in my car. The picture in the article shows an Apple Maps icon in the car.

ZipZapRap said,

oh look, a sideways snipe! how brave

I'll snipe you from whatever way you like. Tell me specifically what about this product you possibly might not like, other than the fact it's Apple, given that very little technical detail has been made available yet?

You haven't seen it / tried it - it might be the most incredible in car technology ever developed. Unlikely I accept, but I just don't get bashing a product because of it's brand before you've even seen it!

I like the attitude of Mark Kermode, a movie critic here in the UK. He's famed for HATING films by Michael Bay - the Transformers franchise especially gets him particularly annoyed. But he says that he approaches every film with a clean slate, as for all he knows it "Could be Citizen Kane.." :)

ZipZapRap said,
An option would be good. I just don't like being tied into any one of the big three, MSFT included. I like their idea of broadcasting the phone OS of choice instead

No kidding I saw that and thought it was a very good idea that could only come from a Microsoft that was on the outside looking in. If this had been 15 years ago, it would have been MSFT flogging a 100% lock-in based system.