Toyota today is introducing its all-new 2019 Avalon at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and MacRumors has confirmed it is the automaker’s first vehicle with support for Apple’s CarPlay.
In addition to the Avalon, Toyota plans to expand CarPlay compatibility to its other 2019 model year vehicles and beyond with its Entune 3.0 multimedia system, according to Toyota spokesperson Brian Lyons. Toyota said CarPlay will initially be available in vehicles sold in the United States only.
Entune 3.0 is already included with the 2018 Camry and 2018 Sienna, so CarPlay should be available in 2019 models of those vehicles at the very least. [...]
This week at CES, Ford provided new details about a partnership with navigation app Waze, which will bring Waze’s GPS directions onto the touch screen of SYNC 3 vehicles when connected via USB to an iPhone. Powered by Ford AppLink, the feature will let users operate Waze „completely through a vehicle’s touch screen,“ as well as allow for voice control.
As long as the Ford vehicle includes a SYNC 3 infotainment system, users will be able to plug their iPhone into the USB port while running Waze to see the app projected onto the dashboard’s touch screen system. Afterwards, all of Waze’s features will be accessible, including crowdsourced [...]
Just a few days before the Los Angeles Auto Show opens to the public, many automakers have debuted new vehicles compatible with Apple’s CarPlay system, providing hands-free access to Maps, Messages, Phone, Music, and select third-party apps.
We’ve confirmed that CarPlay is available either as a standard option or as an upgrade in the following 2018 and 2019 vehicle makes and models: 2018 BMW i3 2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo 2018 Hyundai Kona 2018 Jeep Wrangler 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo 2019 Audi A8 2019 Genesis G70 2019 Lincoln MKC 2019 Lincoln Nautilus 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS 2019 [...]
Apple may be leasing a former Fiat-Chrysler vehicle testing site in Arizona for autonomous vehicle research purposes, according to an unnamed source that spoke to Jalopnik.
Apple has reportedly been recruiting automative test engineers and technicians from vehicle proving grounds around Arizona to work at the site, located in Surprise, Arizona, but neither Apple nor Fiat-Chrysler would confirm Apple’s presence at the location.
Fiat-Chrysler in the early 2000s used the site to test the impact of hot temperatures on cars and their components. The location is said to contain multiple road surfaces, a high speed oval, steep grades, and areas dedicated to wet [...]