Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Mar 2014 16:47 UTC
QNX

Connectivity to smartphones and other mobile devices is a key strength of QNX Software Systems’ platform for car infotainment systems, and many automakers and tier one automotive suppliers use our platform to implement smartphone/head-unit integration in their vehicles. We have a long-standing partnership with Apple to ensure high-quality connectivity with their devices, and this partnership extends to support for Apple CarPlay.

Yes, Apple CarPlay runs on QNX. Makes sense - I'm guessing (?) in-car software needs a lot of certification and testing, which QNX' in-car platforms all already have.

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RE[3]: Call Me Dense
by jared_wilkes on Tue 4th Mar 2014 21:53 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Call Me Dense"
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I think it's fairly obvious that Apple isn't building CarPlay to support non-iOS devices and that they do intend to certify apps made by third party developers (just as they do for Siri and AppleTV).

To me, the bulk of the "strategy" stated above is to have a smart device integrate into a car's head unit to provide communication, navigation, and entertainment rather than use an onboard system that dictates your "choices" by tying BB QNX to Honda or MS SYNC to Ford or Android to Audi. Not that the device provider would themselves provide the universal interface; I would say that is the car manufacturers's responsibility. So... maybe it was inaccurate to say that this is "precisely" Apple's strategy.

The independence of Apple's plan doesn't require them to build compatibility for their competitors; however, the independence is there for the user. Likewise, the auto manufacturer is free to support other systems (which I think is more in tune with the above strategy than your "open source" spin on it.

CarPlay is very much like MirrorLink (which is more "precisely" what you would like but is unlikely to grow more successful or to achieve the level of integration that CarPlay is already achieving) but rather than being restricted by available open standards and MirrorLink's own authorization program for apps, Apple is able to leverage its own Lightning technology and App Store approval process.

All of the cars that demoed CarPlay — when you unplug an iDevice, there is still an in-car entertainment/app system and head unit which may or may not have connectivity compatibility with other smart devices. I think it's foolish and backwards to think that it is the device manufacturer's responsibility rather than the car manufacturer's.

Edited 2014-03-04 22:01 UTC

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