Famous last words from General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz

General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz:

“When it comes to actually making cars, there is no reason to assume that Apple, with no experience, will suddenly do a better job than General Motors, Ford, Volkswagen, Toyota, or Hyundai.”

And then:

“If I were a board member of Apple, I’d ask some serious questions about this thing,”

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CarPlay for 2016 Hyundai i30, Tucson, Santa Fe

Australian Hyundai fans can look forward to CarPlay support as Hyundai Australia has now rolled out an infotainment upgrade for a handful of models, adding Apple CarPlay connectivity to variants in the i30, Tucson and Santa Fe lines, according to a report by Mike Stevens of Car Advice.

Stevens reports that while international models of the Tucson have had CarPlay since mid-2015, the Australian market had missed out until now.

Find out more from the Car Advice report.

Apple CarPlay Now Works on Over 100 Cars and This is the Full List

Apple today released a list of over one hundred cars (105 at the time of writing) and breaks them down by make and model.

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It’s assumed that Apple will keep this list up to date. But in the meantime, here’s the cars that support CarPlay as of Jan 11, 2016:

  • 2017 Q7
  • 2017 A4
  • 2016 LaCrosse
  • 2016 Regal
  • 2016 ATS
  • 2016 ATS Coupe
  • 2016 ATS-V
  • 2016 ELR
  • 2016 CTS
  • 2016 CTS-V
  • 2016 XTS
  • 2016 Escalade
  • 2016 Escalade ESV
  • 2016 CT6
  • 2016 Spark
  • 2016 Cruze
  • 2016 Malibu
  • 2016 Camaro
  • 2016 Camaro Convertible
  • 2016 Silverado
  • 2016 Silverado HD
  • 2016 Impala
  • 2016 Volt
  • 2016 Corvette
  • 2016 Corvette Convertible
  • 2016 Colorado
  • 2016 Tahoe
  • 2016 Suburban
  • 2016 C3
  • 2016 C4
  • 2016 C5
  • 2016 Berlingo Multispace
  • 2016 DS 3
  • 2016 DS 3 Cabrio
  • 2016 DS 4
  • 2016 DS 5
  • 2016 California T
  • 2016 488 Spider
  • 2016 488 GTB
  • 2016 F12 Berlinetta
  • 2016 F12 tdf
  • 2016 FF
  • 2017 Ford Escape
  • 2016 Canyon
  • 2016 Yukon
  • 2016 Yukon XL
  • 2016 Sierra
  • 2016 Accord
  • 2016 Civic
  • 2017 NSX
  • 2016 Sonata
  • 2017 Elantra
  • 2016 A-Class
  • 2016 B-Class
  • 2016 GLE-Class
  • 2016 CLA-Class
  • 2016 CLS-Class
  • 2016 E-Class Coupe
  • 2016 E-Class Cabriolet
  • 2016 GLA-Class
  • 2016 Pajero
  • 2017 Mirage
  • 2016 Adam
  • 2016 KARL
  • 2016 Corsa
  • 2016 Astra
  • 2016 Insignia
  • 2016 911
  • 2017 Macan
  • 2016 208
  • 2016 Partner Teepe
  • 2016 Ibiza
  • 2016 Leon
  • 2016 Toledo
  • 2016 Alhambra
  • 2016 Superb
  • 2016 Fabia
  • 2016 Rapid
  • 2016 Octavia
  • 2016 Yeti
  • 2016 Baleno
  • 2016 Vitara
  • 2016 SX4 S-CROSS
  • 2016 Ciaz
  • 2016 Jetta
  • 2016 Passat
  • 2016 CC
  • 2016 Beetle
  • 2016 Beetle Cabrio
  • 2016 Golf
  • 2016 GTI
  • 2016 Golf R
  • 2016 e-Golf
  • 2016 Tiguan
  • 2016 Golf SportWagen
  • 2016 Fox
  • 2016 Polo
  • 2016 Scirocco
  • 2016 Sharan
  • 2016 Spacefox
  • 2016 Touran
  • 2016 Lamando
  • 2016 XC90
  • 2017 S90

In other CarPlay news today, Apple released information about the forthcoming iOS 9.3 update which adds new CarPlay functionality for finding places when driving using Apple Maps:

…the Nearby feature in Maps lets you find gas, parking, restaurants, coffee, and more with a tap. So you’ll know the best places to stop, whether you’re on your daily commute or an epic road trip.

Lastly, Apple Music comes to CarPlay in iOS 9.3, scheduled for release later this month.

With iOS 9.3, CarPlay adds even more useful features. New and For You from Apple Music — with songs, artists, and albums handpicked by experts, plus selections based on your preferences— are right at hand on your screen.

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Apple owns Apple.car now Google has Google.car

Apple made news in December 2015 when they registered a range of car-related domains, including apple.car for their car project.

Now Google has registered similar domain names for their own car project. Google on January 7 2016 registered both Google.car and Google.auto, as reported by Zdnet.

In other Google Car related news, Road and Track now reports that the latest prototypes for Google’s self driving car now feature wipers. Not for the windscreen, but for the sensors on the roof.

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Wipers on the roof-mounted sensors. Image: Google

Could Jony Ive Pull off an Apple Car?

A piece from 2015 in the New Yorker discusses Jony Ive and his love of cars:

These days, Ive flies around the world in a Gulfstream GV that Jobs once owned. He drives an Aston Martin and a Bentley. For someone whose job involves promoting a form of commodity fetishism, that’s hardly surprising.

This goes on to note that Apple would, and should only release a car if it can charge higher than commodity prices. The quality needs to be there:

Apple’s vast profits—$39.5 billion in 2014—partially disguise the fact that it operates in a manufacturing industry whose products are rapidly commoditized, and in which only market leaders make much of a return on their investments. Apple can charge higher prices than its competitors because it has a reputation, which Ive helped to create, for superior quality and superior design. If that reputation were to be tarnished, Apple’s profit margins would quickly fall.

The rest of the article is worth a read.

Photograph By Michael Kovac/Getty Images For Vanity Fair

Designs Show How the Interior of Apple Car May Look

Industrial Designer Matías Papalini has released mockup designs of how he believes the Apple Car interior could look.

This image shows multiple areas of touchscreen display across the dashboard, and an iPhone tethered around the place of the steering wheel (not a wheel in mockups).

It’s too early to know what these could look like, but this is something to look at in the meantime.

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View more of Matías’s work in fleshing out some Apple Car concepts.

Apple registers domain names for Apple Car

Apple in December 2015 registered three domain names for its upcoming car project, as reported by Joe Rossignol on MacRumors. The domains registered are:

  •  apple.car
  • apple.cars
  • apple.auto

There isn’t any content on these sites yet, and are likely being registered simply to prevent others squatting on the domains.

The domain name for applecar.com was registered back in 2004, and is not associated with Apple in any way (at this stage!)

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