Ford Plans to Stick With CarPlay as GM Moves to Phase Out Support

Ford CEO Jim Farley said that Ford has no plans to drop support for CarPlay due to its popularity with Ford customers. He made the comment in an interview with The Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern.

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"70 percent of our Ford customers in the U.S. are Apple customers. Why would I go to an Apple customer and say good luck?" he said.

Farley was commenting on car manufacturers that do not support ‌CarPlay‌, like Tesla and General Motors. Tesla has never added ‌CarPlay‌ support into its vehicles, and GM earlier this year announced plans to phase out support for both ‌CarPlay‌ and Android Auto starting in 2023.


GM plans go with a built-in infotainment system co-developed with Google as it transitions from combustion vehicles to electric vehicles. ‌CarPlay‌ will be available in non-electric models, but GM ultimately has plans to switch to an all-electric lineup by 2035.

iPhone users have been asking Tesla to support ‌CarPlay‌ for years, and unsurprisingly, GM's announcement has not been particularly popular with those who are in the Apple ecosystem. By removing control of the infotainment system from Apple, GM and Tesla have access to more data about their customers, and can also push vehicle-related digital subscription services.

Farley doesn't think there's money to be made in the content that car owners consume in their vehicles, with Ford instead focusing on safety, security, autonomy, and productivity features.

In terms of content, we kind of lost that battle 10 years ago. So like get real with it, because you're not going to make a ton of money on content inside the vehicle. It's gonna be safety, security, partial autonomy, and productivity in our eyes. So that relationship for content is between you, The Wall Street Journal, and the customer. I don't want to get in the middle of that, but Tesla and other companies believe differently. They want to have complete control over the interior experience.

Having a familiar navigation and infotainment system in the car is appealing to customers who don't want to have to transition between two incompatible software setups, so GM's decision to drop support for ‌CarPlay‌ and Android Auto will be off-putting to those who have become used to the way that in-car solutions from Apple and Google extend the smartphone experience to the vehicle. No ‌CarPlay‌ will be a dealbreaker for some customers, so it will be interesting to see how GM's transition affects future vehicle sales.

Starting in 2023, Apple plans to roll out a next-generation CarPlay experience that will offer even deeper integration into new vehicles for manufacturers who choose to continue to offer ‌CarPlay‌ as an option.

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Top Rated Comments

TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
11 months ago
Ford made the right call. Not sure what GM is thinking. GM is going to have a hard time selling cars now.
Score: 57 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iisdan Avatar
11 months ago
I said I would never buy a Ford again, but I'm starting to change my mind
Score: 49 Votes (Like | Disagree)
metalsiren Avatar
11 months ago
this guys gets it...
Score: 39 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Will Co Avatar
11 months ago
Deal breaker for so many - why would you do this, GM?
Score: 39 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Think|Different Avatar
11 months ago
Props to them for this. Also...Even though I like it, I wish they hadn't used the Mustang branding for the Mach-E. Still doesn't work for me.
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
timmodugdale Avatar
11 months ago
In 2018, I ordered by Mini Cooper Countryman PHEW and it was supposed to have CarPlay in it. The first batch off the line, however, didn't have it for some reason and my car was one of them. When I received it, I refused it because of the lack of CarPlay alone. They had to order me a new car. That GM wouldn't support CarPlay or Android is simply ridiculous. GM is never going to be able to design a better experience than a technology company. Just look at the horrible examples in cars today that have their own systems alongside CarPlay and Android. The user interface is confusing and uninspired.
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