Apple CarPlay to focus on widgets, greater integration

At the Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, Apple Inc. revealed substantial upgrades to CarPlay, aiming to transform it from an entertainment system to a software solution that would allow drivers to manage sections of their car and display additional information such as speed and fuel level.

The iPhone manufacturer said Apple is in talks with a number of automakers about bringing the latest software generation to their vehicles, which will be released in late 2023.

According to graphics shown during the presentation, CarPlay will allow many displays in automobiles of any size or layout, and will be able to display information such as weather and navigation.

iPhone-powered widgets will be available on all screens in a car, including the instrument cluster, with a variety of dial types, layouts, themes, and colors.

Apple provided a broad list of automobile manufacturers who may support the program. Ford Motor Company, Renault SA, Mercedes Benz, Volvo, Honda Motor Company, and Jaguar Land Rover are just a few of the well-known names.

Drivers will be able to modify temperature settings, access applications like Audiobooks, News, and Podcasts, and tune the car’s radio without leaving the CarPlay interface with the next iteration of CarPlay.

The iPhone will connect in real time with the vehicle’s electronics in a “privacy-friendly” manner to display driving data such as speed, fuel level, and temperature.

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