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Old 03-03-2014, 03:00 PM   #1
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Apple announced CarPlay which integrates the iPhone with your dash. It will first come out on selected 2014 cars (Mercedes Benz first in regard to RVs) and will expand to other manufacturers.

Here is Apple's official webpage on it.

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I will be interested if they include in on MB Sprinters soon as Mercedes Benz is one of the early 2014 adopters. Just about everyone else will follow including Ford and Chevy but Chrysler seems to be missing.
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:26 PM   #2
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Yep, just what we need, more ways for the overconnected to worry about everything except driving.
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:58 PM   #3
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It will be interesting to see the integration with the various vehicle systems. I was walking past a Tesla dealer a couple of weeks back and went in to look at their models out of curiosity. Their touch screens were huge and handled everything from A/C and airflow settings to nav to stereo to phone.

It would be handy to be able to say, "Siri, set the air conditioning at 74 degrees, put on my driving music, and plot a course to Mendocino. Oh, and notify me of traffic and road conditions ahead along the route."

I doubt that I would use the phone or texting functions while driving, but the vehicle related functions would be interesting.
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A couple of days ago, I was reading about this, along the lines of: "Car makers better line up to get CarPlay, or they better line up for a government bailout."

CarPlay works with three phones, the iPhone 5, 5S, and 5C only. No Android, no previous phone.

IMHO, I have no interest in something that demands I have a certain type of device so I can use it at all. Even my vehicle's SYNC system made by Microsoft has worked exceedingly well with all my devices, be it iOS or Android.
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If CarPlay is popular with users, I would expect to see Android versions. The interface to the vehicle is supposedly via thunderbolt connector on the phone. Thunderbolt is basically a very fast USB-like interface and protocol. I wouldn't be difficult to figure it out and create the software and hardware adapter. There are already adapters for thunderbolt to USB 3.

The important thing is the functionality of CarPlay and its actual usefulness. That remains to be seen.
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I'm assuming this is an integrated effort that has iOS built into the CarPlay unit since it does not seem as if every app is supported. Pandora for instance says it doesn't work with CarPlay but they are continuing to develop to do so, which I take to mean you have to partner and negotiate in some way with Apple monetarily and contract wise, not technical.

Also, I assume this will be an option and not something automatically built into all vehicles. So trying to hookup an Android device to utilize CarPlay might not happen. Of course there is no reason Google, Samsung or whomever could not develop a similar option.

It is good news for me. I've committed to Apple iOS and Mac OS technology with over a half dozen devices and don't foresee ever buying an Android or Windows device. In that regard I have nothing to lament or wait for in regard to CarPlay. People have been badmouthing and predicting the demise of Apple now for over 30 years as it grew to become the largest capitalized company in the world. I am pretty confident now it will be around and innovating for the rest of my lifetime.
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This syndicated article showed up in the Minneapolis paper today.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/nation...dae_story.html

It doesn't seem to matter if the phone/gadget is handsfree or not, as long as it takes brain attention that would otherwise be used for driving decisions. I have seen similar study results quite a few times in the past.

Coincidentally, last week I was second in line in a left turn lane. Oncoming traffic cleared, and the car in front of me started to move and turn left, then abruptly turned back into the turn lane and stopped. They then grabbed their phone, answered it, and started talking, still sitting still and leaving all of us in the middle of the road. Horns blew, and they finally started moving very slowly around the corner while talking. Horns blew again and we all got the single finger salute. The next stop sign, they sat long after traffic cleared, chatting away. Horns blew again, same salute.

Many folks just can't handle the distractions of even a simple conversation while driving, much less a whole list of things they can be doing.
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Texting and phone calling is the big bugaboo. However, we all still manage our radios, CDs and navigation already built into vehicles. I would think CarPlay eliminating CD finagling would be a plus. I would think voice command with Siri would reduce navigation finagling. This stuff is not going away. One thing I don't do much of is texting and phone calls. In nearly 20 years of owning a cell phone I have exceed 30 minutes in a month maybe two or three times. I simply don't talk or text on the phone and usually it is with my wife 90% of the time and she is going to be sitting in the seat next to me in the RV. On the few rare times I actually do get phone calls while driving I simply ignore them assuming if it were important voice mail would roll in or I would have my wife take the call on my phone if she is there.
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Texting and phone calling is the big bugaboo. However, we all still manage our radios, CDs and navigation already built into vehicles. I would think CarPlay eliminating CD finagling would be a plus. I would think voice command with Siri would reduce navigation finagling. This stuff is not going away. One thing I don't do much of is texting and phone calls. In nearly 20 years of owning a cell phone I have exceed 30 minutes in a month maybe two or three times. I simply don't talk or text on the phone and usually it is with my wife 90% of the time and she is going to be sitting in the seat next to me in the RV. On the few rare times I actually do get phone calls while driving I simply ignore them assuming if it were important voice mail would roll in or I would have my wife take the call on my phone if she is there.

If you read the article, they address the idea of hands free vs not hands free and saw no difference in distraction. They also tested audio books, the radio, other folks in the vehicle and list the results.

Bottom line is that hands free doesn't help with the distraction, it is still basically the same a being drunk.
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Along those same lines, if distracted driving is essentially as dangerous as drunk driving, why isn't it treated the same way in terms of policing, charges, fines, and the rest of the very serious punishment and stigma associated with it? IMO, it should carry all the same legal and social stigma severity as DUI, but it doesn't.
In my province/country, if you are convicted of DUI, it's usually a big fine, automatic loss of driving privilege for at least a year, a permanent criminal record, and the ensuing insurance premium increases when you do drive again. I'm not sure about the other possible penalties, but ignition interlock devices installed at the owner's expense and that are mandatory for some period of time when driving privileges are restored, and attendance at DUI rehabilitation courses, may also be required. A conviction under our distracted driving laws are a slap on the wrist by comparison, treated like any other misdemeanor. Both situations can potentially cause the same amount of personal and property damage, but the seeming difference is that drunk driving carries a much more negative social stigma to date. That's how it works up here, anyway.
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