With the current information that GM plans to ditch Apple CarPlay, anybody invested in Apple’s ecosystem is likely to be questioning if different automotive corporations will do the identical. Apparently, you gained’t see Ford following that bandwagon, as the firm told 9to5Mac that it stays dedicated to CarPlay.
“We proceed to supply Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as a result of customers love the functionality that permits quick access and management of their smartphone apps–particularly our EV customers as a result of some EVs at present do not supply the options,” a Ford spokesperson stated to 9to5Mac.
9to5Mac factors out that Ford’s government ranks embrace Doug Discipline, who was as soon as at Apple as a vice chairman of particular initiatives. Hypothesis was that Discipline oversaw the long-rumored Apple Car before he left for Ford. So Discipline’s affect and perception into Ford’s EV improvement could have performed a component in Ford’s dedication.
Ford’s assertion could also be reassuring to Apple customers, particularly after GM’s announcement, which comes at a time when corporations focusing on electrical automobiles (resembling Tesla and Rivian) do not assist CarPlay or do not prioritize performance with Apple apps in its automotive software program UI improvement. Tesla solely just lately started supporting Apple Music in its vehicles.
At WWDC final yr, Apple’s keynote included a preview of a new CarPlay experience, one which had CarPlay displayed as the full dashboard expertise, together with the speedometer, engine RPM, temperature, gasoline/battery gauge, and extra, as well as to the leisure and navigational instruments. Apple stated a listing of car bulletins for the subsequent era of CarPlay will come at the finish of 2023.
Ford didn’t elaborate on the extent of its CarPlay dedication, so we don’t know if Ford goes all-in on the CarPlay expertise. However Ford is making an enormous play with its EVs. In 2021 the firm introduced that it plans to make investments $22 billion, however will lose $3 billion this yr in EV gross sales regardless of rising gross sales. So to assist Ford attain profitability, it could see CarPlay implementation as a method to save improvement prices and entice customers.
Corporations resembling Tesla and Rivian have software program improvement as a a lot bigger a part of their automotive manufacturing, in order that they use their proprietary dashboard software program. GM plans to use a brand new Google onboard navigation system, and it could really feel a backlash on its CarPlay decision. The pattern is an onboard system that doesn’t depend on a smartphone, which additionally implies that the automotive can have connectivity constructed-in. These new onboard methods (CarPlay included) is also a method for automotive corporations to create a brand new subscription-primarily based income stream, the place charges are paid for entry to navigational methods and streaming leisure companies.