2015 promised to be a year of revolutionary changes in the field of automotive multimedia systems. It promised us Apple and Google, and most of their brands strongly supported. However, while the revolution has been delayed. Nevertheless, the current “radio”, which staff are put in cars, few were satisfied, and very soon they will be hopeless junk.
It is possible to agree upon 50 “ridiculous” reasons why the car is worse than iPhone, but somewhere on the second to p ten reasons to banter ends and will remain solid arguments. In the era of gadgets car electronics is really inferior to the “Apple” of the device.
This spring, Apple has announced that its development CarPlay officially starts to work in Russia. On the official website of the company as partners listed almost all the major brands, including Ford, Nissan, BMW, Volvo, Mazda… But a survey conducted Kolesa, showed that at the moment Apple CarPlay in cars shipped to Russia, does not work. Same thing with a competing system Android Auto.
Those who want to get acquainted with these developments, there only remains one thing to pull out of the center console head unit (if possible) and look for his replacement is one of fresh devices in the market of car audio from third-party manufacturers. However, we are still talking about some of the most expensive models from Pioneer, Alpine and Kenwood. It is clear that for most motorists this isn’t a good option, and they continue to use what is there.
Built in previous years system B2B-contracts between car manufacturers and the media does not meet the current rhythm regular updates in the field of gadgets. At the design stage electrics of the car companies bought any decision that in the modern world manages to become obsolete even before the appearance of the car on sale. But the industry thinks in terms of decades — and it continues to be made. A typical head unit in 2015, your screen resembles a Chinese tablet, and most of its internal space is already useless CD player.
Apple looking at this situation, has long recognized that the automotive industry is an extremely conservative industry in terms of multimedia. And she decided to play. Instead develop your own automotive gadget on iOS, designed to replace the junk that uses the automotive industry, monster tech decided to invade existing multimedia device from the inside — not on the level of “hardware” and “software”. After all, if the audio system has been trained to take music from your smartphone, then why not take out my cell phone and everything else useful that it has maps and other apps? In fact, the head unit in this situation is to a smartphone, but may lie in your pocket: the role of his screen begins to play, the display on the centre console, through which we “see” in a smartphone.
Looks logical, because music, navigation, Internet browser, mobile apps on the iOS platform already implemented better than in a regular car devices. Moreover, the functionality will be expanded continuously. This summer has started the Apple Music service that allows you to listen to online and download almost all the music from my iTunes collection for a fixed monthly fee ($169 per month; free trial period — 3 months). Similar to Google Play Music we are also available for 189 rubles a month.
In theory all this bottomless catalog of music with album covers, with social services, with online radio stations — should be on the screen of the multimedia system of the car. After all we live in the second decade of the 21st century. But in reality all they can supposedly modern multimedia devices, is to perform the role of speaker and amplifier for your iPhone or Andorid. At the level of interfaces and applications “friendship” until it doesn’t.
But new music services is only a small part of those new features that should revolutionize our understanding of the multimedia system in the car. Apple in paints paints, how wonderful to cross a car with social networks and messengers, to enjoy driving voice assistant Siri and the like. Not to mention the fact that the phone app and even maps here, of course, realized clearly higher quality than we are accustomed to see in the regular devices.
While it seems that the automotive world simply missed the developments, which at the moment was at the peak of relevance. On the official websites of manufacturers, their functionality multimedia devices, usually describes a very sparingly. Managers of dealerships are confused, do their cars with the developments of Apple and Google, and if not, when will make friends.
If you want to know when we will start deliveries of a particular car model with support for Apple’s CarPlay or Google Auto will have to write a request to the representative producer. Volvo will tell you that Apple CarPlay will be available to buyers of the new generation of Volvo XC90 at the end of 2015. The launch of Android Auto is planned in 2016.
“Mazda” upset: “there are plans, but they are only applicable to Europe”. BMW have confirmed that preparations for the launch of these developments is underway, but there is no information available neither in terms nor by what kind of car will be the first with this option. Other companies probably will not name even approximate dates.
Anyway, the arrival of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are inevitable. That the Apple development will be taken into service, has announced the following manufacturers: Alfa Romeo, Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Citroen, Dodge, Ferrari, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Opel, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, SEAT, Skoda, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.
“Portfolio” Google mostly consists of the same brands, but there are a few exceptions: none BMW, Ferrari, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes and Porsche. But there are some brands not covered by Apple: Acura, Bentley, Holden, Infiniti, Mahindra, Maserati and SsangYong.