Siri, please take me and my wife home.
That’s how it’s going to be like in the near future. That phrase may seem awkwardly out of place at the moment, but give it ten to twenty years and its going to have a seat of its own.
Speeding on the freeway in the new 2016 Corvette Stingray convertible. Top down, enjoying a sunny day with a cloud barren sky, driving one of the most beautiful and powerful cars in the world. It happens to be one of the few first cars that comes equipped with the new Apple CarPlay tech.
Apple CarPlay tech is the Cupertino-based company’s revolutionary software platform that promises to fuse the car and the smartphone together. Two vital pieces of tech that the humans of 2015 can’t live without.
Siri is smoothly is calculating the navigational request and it projects everything onto the vehicle’s touchscreen. You can’t help but feel like you are living in some Asimov book.
In the past decade, auto-vehicle manufacturers have been competing to bring new toys for drivers, and passengers, to play with in the car’s cockpit – bigger touchscreens, fancier knobs and awesome thingamajigs.
I ponder, do world renowned auto manufacturers meet once a week in a secret broom closet and discuss how they can offer more tech capabilities without actually assembling a robot?
People love technology. People love technology that makes them relax and not do anything even more.
While any new useful tech is welcomed with arms wide open – this includes Apple CarPlay tech; we have to asses the big elephant in the room. New, fun features tend to make drivers more aware of apps and the likes rather than the reality of what’s outside of their vehicle – reckless and distracted drivers. This isn’t just a made up thing by conspiracy theory nuts.It’s something that we witness on a daily basis.
We have been desensitized by the 24/7 news coverage of that new car pile-up and some of us don’t really understand that accidents can happen to anyone – hence the very definition of accidents.
The auto industry has understood that they can’t beat the super popular Android and iOS ecosystem, so instead of concocting another lacklustre piece of software, the consensus was to build them inside the vehicle’s habitat.
Why not harness the power of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – for the non-iPhone lovers out there; for their own gain?
A familiar UX, a plethora of apps and easy to use voice controls are up for grabs.
That’s the premise of Apple CarPlay tech.
- Plug your iPhone into the car;
- Reap your just rewards.
In this case, on the new 2016 Corvette Stingray convertible’s large touchscreen, drivers will see the familiar iOS displayed – including apps. Siri is your copilot, his the Spock to your Kirk, which can also play the role of a DJ if the need arises.
Siri’s voice is automatically streamed through the car’s speakers, and her gentle and familiar voice will be companion to loners going for a midnight drive through the vast desert.
Even though the system is fairly new and bugs are prone to appear, the platform works seamlessly great with little to few issues present. Not only does Apple provide an ironclad platform, but drivers don’t have to go through a prolonged process to pair their iPhone (5 and upwards) to their car.
You just plug your iPhone into the vehicle’s USB jack and enjoy the view – there are no time-consuming installs, nor pesky menus to go through once the car is paired with your smartphone.
It all works like a charm.
However, it’s worth noting that Siri has an addiction – and that addiction is named Apple Maps. It’s also worth noting that compared to its launch-day, Apple Maps is way better than it was a couple of years ago. Still, it’s not that well perceived by the majority of smartphone users.
Why am I so excited about the Apple CarPlay tech?
Because everything is evolving – including smartphones. Ten years from now, most probably, phones won’t resemble the ones we have today. Taking into consideration safety measures, mind-melding these two technologies – vehicles and smartphones; may very well prove to successfully reduce accidents cause by human error.
Apple CarPlay (and Android Auto) may very well prove to be a must have platform for every driver – regardless if you want a better navigation system, a strong app ecosystem, or a fantastic travel companion.
Are you excited about the new Apple CarPlay? What about Android Auto? Don’t think they’ll last long in the auto industry? Why not? Tell us below.