The big news in car tech last week was that Apple had rolled out their new in-car system for iPhone integration. Dubbed CarPlay, it’s designed to let you safely access your phone’s infotainment features while driving. Given Entune’s obvious limitations, this announcement made many of us drool.
While Apple’s press release listed Toyota amongst the car makers that would eventually implement CarPlay in their vehicles, the big question was when this would happen. Toyota recently answered that question on their UK blog, but then quickly backtracked. Their original statement was:
“Come 2015, you’ll be able to get the iPhone experience you love in your Toyota with Apple CarPlay.”
But just a day later, they updated their post to say that:
“A previous version of this article said Apple CarPlay would be in Toyota cars from 2015. This is incorrect and we are happy to put the matter straight. No announcements have been made about if and when Apple CarPlay will arrive in Toyota cars.”
So… While it’s widely expected that they’ll (eventually) bring CarPlay to the masses, they won’t say when or in what capacity. In fact, their correction above even calls into question the “if” side of things, but I seriously doubt they’ll turn their back on such a popular feature.
Of course, even when Toyota adds this functionality, it remains an open question if they’ll roll out a solution for existing cars. If not, you’ll have to hope for a workable aftermarket CarPlay solution.