1. Avilocke's Avatar
    If you have an Apple CarPlay compatible vehicle, what is your experience with it? Do you like it? Dislike it? Find it meh? Does it make using your iPhone while driving easier and/or safe?
    Just finished updating my 2015 Hyundai Sonata and I'm very disappointed to find out that enabling CarPlay makes Hyundai Bluetooth connectivity stop working and CarPlay only works while plugged in. I thought my iPhone 6s Plus could use CarPlay wirelessly. I definitely prefer CarPlay to Hyundai's stock infotainment OS, but I do not like having to plug my phone in. First world
    Problems. LOL
    06-17-2016 09:55 PM
  2. Highrisedrifter's Avatar
    Hopefully picking up a 2017 Honda Civic with Apple Carplay this coming week. I had a demo in a Jetta the other day whilst I was looking and it was really intuitive and easy to use, so i'm quite looking forward to getting the Civic. I'll post my thought as and when I get it but i'm super excited!
    So I've had my Civic for about six weeks now and it just turned 1000 miles. I have to say that I use Carplay daily whenever I am in the car. I connect my iPhone 6 up to one of the USB sockets, sit it in the central well, just in front of the gear stick, and Carplay pops up pretty quickly.

    Apple Maps is nicely integrated and is incredibly accurate when it comes to predicting 'time to destination', even through the hellish Los Angeles traffic on the 5, 134 and 101. Route guidance is super easy to turn on and off and my car (well my iphone) has learnt my journeys and times, so it can usually accurately predict where i'm likely to want to go at certain times and on certain days. Guidance is also pretty good at offering me alternative routes should traffic build up badly. Also, i've noticed Maps offering me a different route in the event of an accident, which is pretty cool. The screen is nicely laid out and the touch screen pretty accurate too.

    The messages app obviously reads messages out rather than display them on the screen and I love the way Carplay reads out what it thinks the emoji means (smiling pile of poo, for instance). Clicking the button on my steering wheel offers me Siri control of my device and there's nothing that I have noticed over and above what the phone would normally do with Siri, except for searching the internet, which it won't do obviouly.

    The Music app always defaults to Radio whenever I connect my phone, regardless of what setting it was last on, which is a real pain as I have about 40gig of music on my phone and I would rather it default to the last setting I had, which is usually to sort by Artist. Other than that, the Music app is OK but changing tracks is slow. Far slower than using my 128Gb USB stick I have plugged into the other USB socket hidden in the centre console. The delay is so annoying that I usually just use the USB stick to play music, rather than my device.

    I have a Pandora account and it has a Pandora App installed. I sometimes use that too and it seems to be far quicker than using my iPhone to play music too.

    Phonecalls are also as easy as pressing the Siri button on my steering wheel and saying "Call <person's name>." It has no issues with connecting the calls and the stereo system in my car (which is upgraded from the base model) makes communication clear for both parties on the call.

    I haven't really used any of the other apps installed in the car at all, so can't really comment on those.

    I wish there was a way to integrate other third party apps, without the 'specially selected' few that Apple has allowed. I would add Waze and possibly Skype (voice calls only, of course) if I could.

    Overall, I love Carplay and I am glad that I got a car with it although honestly, I wasn't really in the market for a car that didn't have it. With the advent of the new iPhone 7 being rumoured not to have a headphone jack, I wanted to get as much car integration as I could, although I am strongly considering not upgrading my 6 at all until next year as I reckon the tenth anniversary iphone will be more of a radical design, and i'm happy with my iPhone 6 anyway.
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    07-20-2016 12:28 AM
  3. Ron7624's Avatar
    I just bought a new Chevy pickup, and it came with CarPlay. I've only had it 2 weeks, but so far I love it. I'm vacationing in California right now so when I went to rent a car, I got a Chevy Malibu with CarPlay. It's so convenient to have my info, contacts...everything already. So cool.
    So new to me, but since it's Apple it is all so familiar.
    Did I say I loved it?
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    08-09-2016 07:46 PM
  4. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I just bought a new Chevy pickup, and it came with CarPlay. I've only had it 2 weeks, but so far I love it. I'm vacationing in California right now so when I went to rent a car, I got a Chevy Malibu with CarPlay. It's so convenient to have my info, contacts...everything already. So cool.
    So new to me, but since it's Apple it is all so familiar.
    Did I say I loved it?
    {laughing}...Yes, you did...Twice!......Anyway, I'm glad you're enjoying the CarPlay feature, my friend.
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    08-09-2016 07:57 PM
  5. taeisme's Avatar
    I've had CarPlay for a while now and I love it! I love how easy it is to listen to my audible while driving and still use Apple maps. My only issue right now is that I'm on the iOS 10 beta and my option to play downloaded music isn't there but rearranging my icons is a plus
    08-12-2016 07:42 AM
  6. P_Devil's Avatar
    I updated my 2016 Kia Soul a couple weeks ago and now it has CarPlay. So far, it's a lot better than the stock firmware. I like that every vocal command now uses Siri and I can use CarPlay wired or in wireless mode. I prefer wired mode as it doesn't chew through my iPhone's battery, using CarPlay wirelessly (it goes through wi-fi on my system) will eat through 15% of my iPhone's battery during my morning commute.

    The biggest upgrade I can think of is the integration of Siri. Before, when I wanted to find an address in my car's stock navigation software, I had to push the speak button and specifically say the address and state I was searching in. I couldn't use natural language and simply say "find the closest Red Robin." I had to say "find address in Kentucky" and then manually enter the address. Either that or I could search for it in the car's maps but I had to be parked in order to do that.

    I also like seeing album art up on my car's display and the Music app pretty much looks like the same thing on my iPhone which is nice. I don't have to lose my place in my playlists or albums like I did when previously plugging my iPhone in and using Kia's iPod app.
    08-18-2016 08:07 AM
  7. Tersanyus's Avatar
    I've got a 2016 Chevrolet Spark 1LT automatic that has carplay. I'm still certain this is the cheapest car in the US with carplay built in. Even the base model with manual transmission has carplay built in. Has android auto as well and though I do have an Android phone I've only tried it once. Kind of liked that interface better.

    Works great and I use it often. No real complaints. I just wish there was a little more on the display like battery charge level and speed limit display.
    10-08-2016 09:00 AM
  8. camaroz1985's Avatar
    Had it on a loaner car while my Volt was being serviced. I liked it a lot an wish my Volt had it. When buying a new car I think it would be something that would be on my "wants" list. I may also look into Kenwood units with it for my truck.
    10-10-2016 01:55 PM
  9. SparkyBC's Avatar
    Don't look at Kenwood. I have their "flagship" DNX893S, nothing but audio problems. I use apple music and the bluetooth will for whatever reason drop "pause" the song and you have to go back into the bluetooth mode on the headunit and click play again. Carplay the exact same thing.

    Was hoping the 10.1 iOS would fix the glitch nope. I think the issue clearly falls on Kenwood and they're dragging their feet and don't know how to fix it. I am ready to through this $1400 boat anchor into the trash.

    I can use a bluetooth speaker at home and stream all day so clearly an issue with Kenwood. Starting to regret buying it as it was delayed almost FIVE months!

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    10-24-2016 05:15 PM
  10. camaroz1985's Avatar
    Hmm I use a Kenwood DNX691HD in my truck and have no bluetooth issues at all (obviously no CarPlay). I will probably wait until next year's models anyway, but my wife refuses to use here phone's nav, and will only use Garmin, and I refuse to have an extra thing stuck on the windshield so we kind of limit ourselves to Kenwood. Hopefully they can fix that issue.

    Before you decide to trash it let me know, I could take it off of your hands
    10-25-2016 01:53 PM
  11. raphie's Avatar
    I have 2016Honda Civic touring and well , Apple CarPlay is only Apple product, I dislike a lot
    11-18-2016 10:17 PM
  12. knoxDavid's Avatar
    CarPlay has worked without any problems with both my iPhone 6 and now my new iPhone 7 Plus. My wife's iPhone 5S also worked but now she upgraded to the iPhone SE and the car (2016 Buick Regal) doesn't see he SE when we plug it in. Is anyone else having issues with the SE and CarPlay?
    11-29-2016 06:57 AM
  13. earthpilot's Avatar
    Mine works on in my VW. Some hiccups but I equate that to running the betas.
    11-30-2016 10:19 AM
  14. muchmaligned's Avatar
    CarPlay has worked without any problems with both my iPhone 6 and now my new iPhone 7 Plus. My wife's iPhone 5S also worked but now she upgraded to the iPhone SE and the car (2016 Buick Regal) doesn't see he SE when we plug it in. Is anyone else having issues with the SE and CarPlay?
    Should work - check whether restrictions are on/off for carplay.. Disable restrictions and see if carplay works?
    11-30-2016 01:59 PM
  15. knoxDavid's Avatar
    Should work - check whether restrictions are on/off for carplay.. Disable restrictions and see if carplay works?
    I'll check on that and let you know what happens. Thanks for the tip.
    Last edited by knoxDavid; 12-14-2016 at 11:59 AM. Reason: Added Quote
    12-14-2016 11:57 AM
  16. sjsharksfan39's Avatar
    I just bought a new car and I like Carplay a lot. The only thing I don't like is Siri, who is kinda useless. I say play a certain song, and she doesn't know what I'm talking about. Also, I wish there was an easier interface to use when you're driving instead of on the touchscreen. I guess I can just go to the phone itself, but the touchscreen can be a tad distracting.
    12-29-2016 04:46 PM
  17. Fable's Avatar
    I picked up a new car this weekend.

    One of the things I made a must have on my list was Apple CarPlay. It's still pretty new to me but general thoughts are this:

    - Right now it seems like it is a nice to have addition but it does not replace the functionality of the majority of the offerings.
    - It feels like it is two separate software solutions on the same console. Yet the integration between the two isn't clean.
    - BMW Maps/Nav seems to work better and does more than Apple maps.
    - Messaging on Apple CarPlay is awesomeness. Edit: This is hands down the best feature on the service and it actually works with other stuff going. I get an alert over the station playing and press down on my control knob and boom - Siri comes on and asks if I want the msg read and I can respond easily without having to take my eyes off the road. When done the thing I was doing resumes.
    - Apple Music seems odd. The UI seems like it is just a player. While I appreciate having my music wirelessly available, generally using an integrated satellite radio offering like Sirius will be preferred.

    I'm not overly shocked that it doesn't feel like something that can stand on its own, I'm hoping Apple looks to integrate its offerings. I'm happy to have more options but it's not as great as I hoped. It is worth it for the messaging alone though - great feature.
    Last edited by Fable; 01-03-2017 at 07:07 AM. Reason: More on Messaging CarPlay
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    01-01-2017 09:54 PM
  18. flamaest's Avatar
    I have a Chevy Bolt, and because the Bolt does not come with navigation built-in, I wanted to enable navigation to always be available no matter who was driving. If someone with an older android phone or a flip phone drives the car, I wanted navigation to still work for them in the Bolt.

    For this reason, I am testing out how to have a permanently connected iPhone in the car.

    I have noticed that with Apple Carplay, if you connect the Apple phone in low-power mode it will fully support carplay so you can take/get calls, messages, and navigate, all just fine.

    As it is standard, the car will not provide power through the USB when it is parked-off. So, if you put your Iphone in low-power mode, the phone can still stay on for several days, such as over a weekend, until you use the car again.

    The one issue I have found is if you navigate to a destination through carplay, even if you turn off route guidance through carplay, the phone will stay in full-power mapping mode [background app?] and keep drawing a lot of energy. Because of this, if you then turn off the car, the permanent-iphone will be drained in just a few hours, even in low power mode.

    I think this is a limitation or defect in the way the Apple carplay architecture works and carplay should be able to shut the app down or not continue to draw full-power when not navigating/routing; just like during a phone call, after the call, the phone is not drawing much power after the call.

    Perhaps there is a setting in the iphone for reducing the navigation-app power draw when not providing route guidance, but I have not found it.
    01-29-2017 02:11 PM
  19. stltodd's Avatar
    I have CarPlay in a 2017 Ford Fusion SE Hybrid with Sync 3 and love it. I miss it every time I drive a car without it. But, it can be improved. In priority order:

    1) It needs to have integration with the car's radio controls and climate controls, even if only through Siri. Changing the radio station while the head unit is showing Maps is just a pain. Climate control is less of an issue since there are physical controls that handle it directly regardless of what's on the screen, so that's more of a nice to have.

    2) While it's a Siri/Apple Maps issue, not a CarPlay issue, the only I time I use this feature is when I'm in the car so I'm listing it. Getting directions to a place by only providing the name of the place is absolutely horrid. I am frequently asking for directions to a school where my kids have an away sporting event, and I don't think Siri / Maps has EVER got it correct. 9 times out of 10, the list it provides to be aren't even schools. I don't understand why it's so bad, as when I put things into my calendar and enter the school name into the location, both the Mac and the iPhone typically show me the address.

    3) The native Ford Sync 3 capabilities would give an audio notification when a new text message arrived. CarPlay does not. While you can argue that this is a good thing and avoids distracted driving, it is a feature of Sync 3 that I miss. About the only one.

    4) I wish Apple would support third party navigation apps in CarPlay, specifically Waze.

    5) Third party apps are still really glitchy with their UI. Tune In radio has significant issues, and I tried about four different podcast apps before settling on "Pocket Casts". MLB At Bat only displays on the head unit correctly if I pre-navigate into the app on my phone first. Given the number of CarPlay users, I suspect fixing this CarPlay display issues are low on their priority list, if they even know about them at all.

    Despite these issues, the alternative (Ford Sync 3) with its lack of app support (I think there are about 6 apps listed on Ford's site for Sync 3) is far worse, and driving a car without any kind of phone/car integration is just something I don't like doing anymore.
    04-13-2017 11:27 AM
  20. chezm's Avatar
    Works great and looks amazing compared to Android auto, just wish we could use google maps instead of apple maps.
    04-27-2017 06:26 PM
  21. John Yester's Avatar
    Applications that are provided need more functions with in Car Play. Not just a skin to be displayed. I still find my self using the phone more to do stuff...
    04-28-2017 08:29 AM
  22. Quis89's Avatar
    I've got a 2015 Altima which doesn't support it. I haven't checked my wife's car. She's got a 2016 Ford Fusion. Maybe I'll check her car this weekend to see if it supports CarPlay.

    In regards to the question, I have no personal experience with it.

    The next car I purchase, ideally, would have it.
    04-28-2017 08:33 AM
  23. chezm's Avatar
    Using Carplay day to day just proves how much better it is than Android Auto (Golf 2016):

    • When i plug in my phone to the car, Carplay auto starts and loads. Android Auto required me to go to menu settings, locate the app and start it.
    • With CarPlay when phone is connected it doesnt use Bluetooth, with Android Audio even if the phone was connected it would sustain a BT connection. This would force me to re-pair the Nexus 6P often, since unplugging from the car sometimes unpaired BT. ANNOYING!
    • Phone charges just as fast for my 7+ as it did for my 6P
    • Even if im not currently in Carplay, (i.e. in Car menus, where i have my music), if i call Siri it goes straight to Carplay and Siri is listening. This would not happen with Android Auto.
    • The UI is much better, no lag and consistently fluid.
    • I've grown to LOVE Apple Maps, was very hesitant at first but its fantastic.
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    05-03-2017 11:59 AM
  24. Sherry_B's Avatar
    Our car is older so we don't have it, but we do travel frequently and it's been in a lot of the rental cars that we've had. I absolutely loved it! I've not really been able to play with all of the features but what I did experience was really nice. I've been tempted to look for a stereo upgrade for our current vehicle just so we can have it.
    05-16-2017 03:51 PM
  25. muchmaligned01's Avatar
    I've also grown to love Apple Maps. Originally I was appalled that Waze couldn't run in CarPlay mode but this has subsided as the native Apple product has matured.

    It's not got quite the traffic updates that Waze or Google maps have, but I don't really rely on that (and find all of them a little hit and miss TBH). Updating an incorrect location is very easy and I got responses to mine within days. Now I find I seldom need to update anything, seems to have a handle on it.

    I especially like the find stuff en route feature that allows you to nav to say a cafe within a few miles on your route and in the direction of travel. We've found some really good little stop offs using this feature
    05-17-2017 07:04 AM
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