ABI Research: 24 million cars with Apple CarPlay in 2019

Many car brands already offer CarPlay (Photo: Apple)

Apple and Google¬†are set to become bigger players in the car, but the auto industry will also adopt open-source systems from other organizations, according to a report by market analysts ABI Research. ABI predicts that by 2019 there will be 24 million new cars fitted with Apple’s CarPlay. The uptake of the open-source Mirrorlink interface […]

Android alliance gets traction as brands join, plans are unveiled

Kia says the Soul is one of the first models to feature Android Auto (Photo: Kia)

With Volkswagen and Volvo Cars the latest auto¬†brands to join the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), the Google initiative to boost the use of Android devices in cars is making headway. But carmakers ¬†stressed that they will be working closely with Apple as well to make sure devices running on¬†both operating systems can be seamlessly connected. […]

Apple launches “CarPlay” for Mercedes, Ferrari, Volvo

Apple's CarPlay will be available for Mercedes, Ferrari and Volvo shortly (Photo: Apple)

Apple said a new iPhone connectivity suite will be available for Ferrari, Mercedes and Volvo this week and for other brands at a later date. Apple said its “CarPlay” software can be operated through the car’s HMI or by using the company’s Siri voice control. Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS product […]

Frost analyst skeptical of Apple’s auto iOS

Apple wants to use Siri voice recognition to run in-car infotainment functions (Photo: Apple)

Apple’s recently announced automotive platform comes too late to make a major impact, a Frost & Sullivan analyst said in a press release. As a result, the software is likely to be used mostly by niche car brands, he said. “The announcement from Apple will not pose a big threat for the traditional automotive infotainment […]

Apple wants iOS in the car

Apple executive Eddy Cue sees high potential for iOS in the car (Photo: Apple)

Apple wants to boost its presence in automotive infotainment, pitching its Siri application as the ideal interface to manage several in-car functions. Siri is an Apple app that resides on the computer and software maker’s iPhone and lets the user perform a range of tasks through the use of voice commands. Siri can be operated […]

Report: Mobile app downloads soaring

Google Play is a major source of mobile app downloads (Photo: Google)

Mobile app downloads more than doubled in 2012 and will continue to grow rapidly through 2017, a new research report says. The report by Berg Insight, a Swedish market analysis company, said mobile app downloads soared to 60.1 billion in 2012 from 29.5 billion in 2011. They will continue to grow to 108 billion in […]

CES: Mercedes shows Siri integration

Mercedes' Digital DriveStyle app will feature Siri voice operation (Photo: Daimler)

LAS VEGAS – Mercedes-Benz will have full Siri integration in its next E-Class starting this spring. The German premium car maker said during the annual CES consumer electronics fair that Apple’s voice software will be available in the E-Class for drivers using an Apple iPhone 4S Drivers can use Siri to access most content on […]

Chevrolet Sonic, Spark get Siri option

Chevrolet models will have a Siri option from early 2013 (Photo: Chevrolet)

Chevrolet’s smaller models will be able to use the iPhone’s Siri voice-control software to operate several in-car functions, the brand announced at the Los Angeles auto show Tuesday. Chevrolet said several Spark and Sonic models will from early 2013 be able to communicate through Siri using the brand’s MyLink connectivity system. They will need an […]

Apple exec joins Ferrari board

Eddie Cue (Photo: Ferrari)

Senior Apple executive Eddie Cue has joined the Ferrari board of directors, underscoring the importance the Italian race car maker attaches to its brand-related online activities. Ferrari, whose unit sales rose 6 pc to 5,267 cars in the first nine months of the year,¬†said brand-related activities, which are made up mostly of licensing retail and […]

Paris auto show: Mini Connected will get Android option

Only iPhone owners can currently use Mini Connected (Photo: Mini)

PARIS – Mini’s in-car connectivity system, which so far has only been available to users of Apple’s iPhone will soon provide an option for Android-based smartphones as well. “We’ll of course expand the phone options available and it won’t be very long,” said Oliver Friedmann, head of product management for BMW’s Mini brand. “It will […]