CarPlay Wins Autoblog's Technology of the Year Feature Award

Online automotive news and information site Autoblog today announced its 2016 Technology of the Year Awards, naming Apple's CarPlay platform as the winner of the Technology of the Year award in the Feature category.

According to Autoblog, its annual awards are designed to honor the best technology features in a vehicle along with the vehicle that showcases "the most transformative, integrated technologies" in the automotive experience. While CarPlay won the Feature award, the Tesla Model S P90D won the car award.

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Autoblog named CarPlay as its Feature award winner due to the platform's ease of use and the way it improves the lives of the consumers who use it. Winners were selected based on testing by the Autoblog editorial staff and a guest judge from Engadget.
This year, the winner of the Technology of the Year Feature Award was awarded to Apple CarPlay. "Apple's CarPlay represents the impact technology is having on our connected lives and brings an experience that is easy to use and enhances the lives of consumers who use this product" said Stephen Rouse, Autoblog's Director of Product and Technology.
Introduced in 2014, CarPlay, which brings iOS to in-car infotainment systems and dashboards, is finally becoming a mainstream product as manufacturers have started adding support for the feature into many 2016 vehicles.

CarPlay will be featured in more than 100 new 2016 and 2017 models from 21 auto manufacturers like Audi, Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Volvo, and more. The platform is also readily available in aftermarket systems from companies like Pioneer, Kenwood, JBL, and Alpine.

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20 weeks ago
Now put the CarPlay in the Tesla Model S P90D, for the greatest award ever
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20 weeks ago
I work in the industry.

The problem is the Pioneer AppRadio 4 itself.
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20 weeks ago

Have you actually used CarPlay? I use it everyday and my radio (AppRadio 4) has the latest firmware update. It is still buggy as hell.


I only use Siri eyes free. Works flawlessly
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20 weeks ago

Have you actually used CarPlay? I use it everyday and my radio (AppRadio 4) has the latest firmware update. It is still buggy as hell.

Time to change the car...
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20 weeks ago
Wow, Autoblog! :rolleyes:
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20 weeks ago

I have carplay. Its buggy and unreliable. It locks up intermittently when you plug it in.
It is flacky if you have the audacity to plug it in at some point in the startup process of the car stereo.
Intermittently after you plug in the phone to the car the phone loses all sound making ability and you have to reboot the phone to get it back. It only does this when interacting with carplay.
Sometimes the carplay using siri won't accept voice commands (granted thats rare)


Sounds like your radio's software needs an update
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20 weeks ago

Time to change the car...


Thank you Steve "You're holding it wrong" Jobs.
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I only use Siri eyes free. Works flawlessly


Siri Eyes Free isn't CarPlay.
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20 weeks ago

I work in the industry.

The problem is the Pioneer AppRadio 4 itself.


I tried that once, prepare for a thousand "sure you do" and "oh, look at me" replies from kids who are home for winter break and think they know more about technology than any professional you've ever met. Oh, and they also don't like Apple but post here.
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19 weeks ago
Its a pioneer unit. Ive been through two of them no change, updated firmware on the phone several times, etc.. I do think that pioneer has contributed to the bugginess and the official response from pioneer is not our problem its Apple which i thought was BS at the start. However, after careful and frequent (when it fails) consideration I believe its Apple implementation that is fragile. Pioneer doesn't help by trying to have two seperate systems running side by side. However, in the end no matter how bad the pioneer deck is (eg locking up not working properly) it should not be able to make the IPhone die. I sometimes have to reboot the iphone to get audio back at all (eg after carplay is finished with it, it no longer makes any sounds at all until a reboot). So all things being even Apple has not strengthened the protocol enough to resist a bad client device. I should also point out that colleagues have the same deck but use it with android and its faultless. So I suspect this is Apple causing the issues by being unreasonable or do not care.

I have also seen similar posts from people with manufacturers installs so its not isolated to one brand or device its all over the place.

Regarding the person whinging about my post. Don't read it. If your carplay works fine thats great im happy for you remind me to give you a gold star. Make a post, write a review thats all great. However, I have the right to report my situation especially on a story that talks about carplay winning an award. I know that when i read these comments i want to read good and bad experiences so i know what im in for.

I should also say I love the concept of carplay and when it works it works really well. Its just intermittently breaks when you plug it in. Someone mentioned they have to plug it in when the pioneer is in startup but not boot or after it starts up. I have suspected that their is a race condition happening in the deck that breaks the connection protocol as well. I suspect there are several bugs at work here due to the numerous strange ways it flakes out. However, usually when its on and connected properly it continues to work properly.
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20 weeks ago

I have carplay. Its buggy and unreliable. It locks up intermittently when you plug it in.
It is flacky if you have the audacity to plug it in at some point in the startup process of the car stereo.
Intermittently after you plug in the phone to the car the phone loses all sound making ability and you have to reboot the phone to get it back. It only does this when interacting with carplay.
Sometimes the carplay using siri won't accept voice commands (granted thats rare)


I've been using CarPlay without any issues on a 2016 VW Golf R, with MIB II (that's the head unit's name) firmware version 0245. No issues at all to report. Phone works beautifully, FaceTime audio sounds fantastic, navigation works great etc. It's 100% on the manufacturers of the head units to make their systems work with CarPlay correctly.
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