Apple CarPlay to Get Redesign and Better Siri Support in the Fall

By Paul Riegler on 4 June 2019
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CarPlay in its current interation

CarPlay in its current interation

At its Worldwide Developers Conference this week, Apple said that its in-vehicle infotainment system will get a significant update later this year, including a new user interface and new features.

Simultaneously with the launch of iOS 13 this fall, CarPlay will get the “biggest update ever,” including a new user interface and improved Siri support.

Apple CarPlay is an in-vehicle touch-based display interface that functions as an extension of a driver’s iPhone.

The new, more modern-looking user interface will be able to display multiple apps side by side, such as Maps and Music.  The calendar app in CarPlay will include schedules that allow the driver to click on a location to start navigation, and the Music app will more prominently feature album art, favorites, and new music discovery functionality.

Apple is also making several significant improvements in usability so that opening an app on the connected iPhone won’t cause the app to simultaneously open in CarPlay.  Apple will also make it possible for automakers to display CarPlay on other screens such as a digital instrument cluster instead of merely on the central information display of a vehicle.

Siri will work with third-party navigation apps such as Google Maps and Waze as well as with third-party music apps. In addition, Apple will add hands-free “Hey Siri” support that will use the vehicle’s built-in microphone.

Finally, drivers will be able to enable a do-not-disturb mode in CarPlay so that notifications won’t appear while driving.

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