Apple Working to Further Deepen CarPlay’s Integration With Support for AC, Music System, More

Apple is working on a project to further deepen CarPlay’s automotive integration. The company is known internally as “IronHeart” and will use CarPlay to control AC, radio, seats and more in one vehicle.

The project is still in its early stages, so a lot of work is needed before the idea becomes a reality. However, it underscores how important CarPlay has become to Apple in recent years.

That Bloomberg reports details that Apple wants to allow iPhone users to use CarPlay to control AC temperatures, seats, armrests, change music system settings, view data from temperature and humidity sensors and more. With this data, CarPlay would become the primary interface for controlling almost every aspect of the car.

Right now, CarPlay primarily offers controls related to music playback and navigation, where users have to jump back to the infotainment system’s user interface to control other aspects of their vehicle. Apple first launched CarPlay in 2014, and after a lukewarm response from carmakers initially, it is now available across 600 different models. However, Apple’s recent steps to further enhance CarPlay and integrate the iPhone with a vehicle have not really taken off.

The company announced CarKey in 2020, a feature that lets you use your iPhone or Apple Watch as a digital car key, but it only works with select BWM vehicles. Similarly, Apple previously allowed the use of Siri to control selected features of a car, including changing climate settings, sound source, etc. However, these features were removed in iOS 15 due to lack of support from car manufacturers.

The report says that Apple could cancel its IronHeart initiative if the features do not show enough promise, even though it is something that only time will tell. The feature can also get a lot of recall from car manufacturers as they do not want to give CarPlay access to all car settings.

[Via Bloomberg]

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