Apple CarPlay to Get Lane Guidance, Speed Limit Info, Alternative Routes in iOS 11 But Here’s What Else We Want

The 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 with Apple CarPlay

By Jeremy Del Nero on 4 August 2017
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It fell to me, the sole Android user on staff, to put together a dispassionate wish list for new features in CarPlay when Apple launches its iOS 11 operating system come fall. Some of the more rabid CarPlay fans here at Frequent Business Traveler, including FBT Editorial Director Jonathan Spira and News Editor Paul Riegler among them, didn’t shy away from telling me what they thought.

If you’re not familiar with CarPlay, it’s Apple’s in-vehicle touch-based display interface that functions as an extension of a driver’s iPhone. CarPlay was announced at the Geneva Auto Show in 2014.

Virtually every vehicle manufacturer with the exception of Toyota – over 30 to be exact – offers multiple models with built-in support for CarPlay. The list includes Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Lincoln, Opel, Volkswagen, and Volvo. We’ve driven several dozen vehicles from these automakers and can report that CarPlay improves the in-vehicle infotainment experience more so than any other option.

Apple CarPlay Maps app on a 2018 BMW 430i

Apple CarPlay Maps app on a 2018 BMW 430i

First, to review, the recently released version of iOS, 10.3, included a few updates and tweaks to Apple CarPlay including a task switcher, more functionality in Apple Music, and the ability for carmakers to interface Siri with their own apps so Siri can check a car’s fuel level and whether it’s locked.

Here’s what Apple needs to do to make CarPlay the gold standard for infotainment going forward.

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