8 Oct 21

Phone makers battle to control the car

Apple is planning to upgrade the CarPlay interface.

Apple is planning to update the CarPlay interface to access more features of a car. Under the initiative dubbed "IronHeart", CarPlay may evolve far beyond controlling music and receiving calls.

Although details have yet to be confirmed, the update may turn the iPhone-based system into an interface reaching every part of a vehicle. Eventually, CarPlay would be able to access controls and settings such as interior and exterior temperature, speedometer and fuel readings, and also set surround-sound speakers, A/C, seats and armrests. 

According to Bloomberg, Apple is planning to gain profits without introducing a car itself. On the other hand, updating CarPlay will require the collaboration of automakers. It’ll be interesting to see how developments pan out. 

Apple CarKey is waiting for customers

Another trending feature of smartphone-based applications is digital car keys. Apple CarKey is currently supported only by BMW, while Samsung announced a digital car key feature, starting in South Korea.

Samsung digital key will be available on ultra-wideband (UWB) devices running on Android 11 and is expected to be released for Audi, BMW and Ford. 

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Authored by: Mufit Yilmaz Gokmen