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.
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.