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Justin Mancini

Justin is a sales consultant at the Fremont Ford store in Sheridan, Wyoming.

 

Apple CarPlay

CarPlay is a new software that enables part integration of Apple iPhones with vehicles. Over the last year and into 2018, CarPlay is becoming more popular within new vehicles now available in over 200 models. The idea behind CarPlay is that takes the tasks you’d most likely use your smartphone for and put them right on the vehicle’s built-in screen. It’s almost like having your phone/apps built into your car. It doesn’t copy all of your apps but the most important or likely ones such as the phone itself, messaging and maps. It will also allow access to music loaded on your phone and Pandora radio.

This makes it easier to access those applications without having to pick up your phone whilst driving. Audio dials and buttons built into the vehicle will work with CarPlay. It is customizable to a certain extent with compatible apps. Some of those available at the moment are listed below;

Compatible Apps

Standard iPhone Apps
  • Phone
  • Music
  • Messages
  • Maps
  • Audiobooks
  • Podcasts
Other Apps
  • iHeart Radio
  • At Bat
  • Spotify
  • Stitcher
  • CBS Radio
  • Overcast
  • Audiobooks.com
  • Audible
  • Pandora
  • Slacker Radio
  • VOX
  • NPR One
  • Clammr
  • Downcast
  • Radio Disney
  • Amazon Music
  • Google Play Music

 

Phone

You can use SIRI voice commands or touch the screen in your vehicle to bring up the phone app. Dialing number is easy by simply asking Siri to “dial 555-555-5555”. Well maybe not that particular number, but you get the idea. A numbered keypad is available if you have a strong Scottish accent and SIRI doesn’t want to cooperate, you can manually type the number. You can also access your phone book straight from the vehicle screen. What is really nice is that the icons and the text are very big so its pretty easy to read and navigate.

Messages

Messaging is easy (unless Siri doesn’t understand your accent) but for most people, you can touch the message app, Siri will ask you who you want to message (make sure you say it as it’s in your phone book, for example, say “mom” if that’s how its store in your phone. Siri will then ask you what you want to say, recite your message and she will read it back. If its correct she will then ask if you are ready to send it. At this point, you can tell her no or yes.

If a text message is received whilst you are driving, a pop up will appear on the vehicle screen with the name of the sender. You can then tap that pop up and Siri will read the message, then ask if you’d like to reply. Unread messages will appear with a red dot in the corner just as it would on your phone.

Maps

Using the Maps app on your phone means you may not need a navigation system already integrated into the vehicle. Apple Maps can bring up guidance and through CarPlay can also predict destinations based on addresses from text messages, emails, contact and calendar appointments. It also has the ability to search for nearest gas stations, shops and places to eat.

 

Which iPhone do I need?

iPhone 5’s or newer are compatible with Apple CarPlay.

 

Don’t have an iPhone?

If your smartphone is Android-based, don’t worry, AndroidAuto is the equivalent vehicle software and is also available on select newer vehicles. Let us know if you’d like us to cover some AndoidAuto features?

 

Vehicles available from Fremont Motors with CarPlay

 

Fiat

  • 2017 – 2018 500
  • 2017 – 2018 500L

Buick

Chevrolet

Chrysler

Dodge

Ford

GMC

Jeep

Linoln

RAM

Volkswagen

 

With some vehicles, it may depend on trim level as to whther CarPlay is included, so feel free check with a salesperson or online if you aren’t sure, or you can send us a message here.

For more information, check out https://www.apple.com/ios/carplay or contact one of the dealerships and go check it out for yourself!

 

 

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Lauren has been working in the automotive industry both in the U.K and in the U.S. for over 10 years. A car geek, photographer, big game chaser and bagpipe player, powered by coffee. Send your questions to:

lauren@trustedautopros.com

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