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Apple Adds Several New CarPlay Partners, Including Fiat Chrysler Brands and Mazda

Apple today expanded its list of automobile manufacturer partners that plan to support CarPlay in future models, adding a number of brands from the Fiat Chrysler group: Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, and Ram. Also officially joining the list of CarPlay partners today is Mazda (via Wired). These additions follow a recent announcement by Audi, which plans to integrate Apple's CarPlay system into its vehicles beginning in 2015.

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These new partners join existing CarPlay partners Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, BMW, Ford, Hyundai, GM, and Honda, which are introducing CarPlay compatible vehicles before the end of the year, and a number of other brands promising future support. Besides new cars, Alpine and Pioneer also are adding CarPlay support to their aftermarket consoles, allowing owners of existing automobiles to adopt Apple's in-dash car technology.

CarPlay uses an automobile's built-in dashboard display to provide hands-free operation of your iPhone. Drivers will be able to take advantage of the Siri-powered technology to make calls, receive messages, get directions and listen to music while keeping their eyes on the road.

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25 weeks ago
haha so much for the argument on here that 'luxury brands' only will use the Apple system and the cheaper ones will use Android.

I kinda hope they will have a system that offers both, perhaps something that will automatically switch between the iOS and Android version depending on the phone OS you use?
Rating: 8 Votes
25 weeks ago
It seems that all brands will now rush to support both CarPlay and Android Auto, fearing to be surpassed by their competitors. And that's great if it means that we'll get both solutions in most cars quickly.
Rating: 8 Votes
25 weeks ago
Here is a comparison between CarPlay and Android Auto Support :



So 29 for Carplay and 28 for Android Auto, for the moment.
Rating: 7 Votes
25 weeks ago

My parents just bought a new jeep as well. They love it.

Sadly, Jeep is starting to stand-out as one of the few brands that haven't even announced (to my knowledge) any intentions of incorporating CarPlay into their fleet. I don't know if they ever intend to do so.


....Ummm...the announcement lists Jeep as on board.
Rating: 6 Votes
25 weeks ago
I'm still waiting for the Pioneer update for the Nex line.
Rating: 4 Votes
25 weeks ago
I'm just looking forward showing off what a daring, on-the-edge-living driver I am…

Rating: 4 Votes
25 weeks ago
Cool. Considering that the 2013 model Mazda I just bought didn't even come with bluetooth I look forward to experiencing Apple CarPlay sometime around 2020.

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Rating: 3 Votes
25 weeks ago
Do we really need cars tied to specific phone platforms?
Rating: 3 Votes
25 weeks ago

Cool. Considering that the 2013 model Mazda I just bought didn't even come with bluetooth I look forward to experiencing Apple CarPlay sometime around 2020.

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Wha? My 2012 Mazda 3 has bluetooth with bluetooth audio support.

It's not a great system (doesn't show Artist/Song title in the HUD, address book set up sucks, etc.), but it works for playing audio or making calls from my phone.
Rating: 3 Votes
25 weeks ago

haha so much for the argument on here that 'luxury brands' only will use the Apple system and the cheaper ones will use Android.

I kinda hope they will have a system that offers both, perhaps something that will automatically switch between the iOS and Android version depending on the phone OS you use?

Hmm...when CarPlay was announced I saw all this faux outrage from people (who should know better) that their choice of car would be dependent on what phone OS they use and how awful it was that CarPlay wasn't platform neutral. Then Android Auto is announced working basically the same way as CarPlay does and nary a peep from anyone...
Rating: 2 Votes

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