Tuesday, July 01, 2014, 08:53 am PT (11:53 am ET)
8 new automakers pledge support for Apple's CarPlay, including Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Mazda & RamJoining last week's announcement that Audi will support the upcoming CarPlay platform, eight more car makers have been listed on Apple's website as "committed partners."
Audi was officially added to Apple's CarPlay site on Tuesday, along with the following eight new automakers:
- Alfa Romeo
Those companies join the likes of Toyota, Ford, BMW, Chevrolet, Nissan and more, who have pledged to support CarPlay in upcoming vehicles. Many have not given dates for when those vehicles will arrive, but Audi said last week that CarPlay support will be included in some of its 2015 models.
Many of the companies listed are also members of Google's Android-based Open Automotive Alliance, and some have indicated they plan to support both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay together in future vehicle "infotainment" systems.
A total of five car makers have pledged to bring CarPlay support to vehicles in their 2014 lineup. Those companies are: Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo.
Aftermarket solutions for older cars from Alpine and Pioneer are also forthcoming.
A week ago, Apple updated the CarPlay website to list the MLB.com At Bat app as a supporting third-party launch partner. It joins Apple's Podcasts app along with Betas Music, iHeartRadio, Spotify and Stitcher.
CarPlay will also come with built-in compatibility for Apple's native iPhone, Music, Maps and Messages applications. A new "Now Playing" application is also exclusive to CarPlay as part of the default installation.
When CarPlay products launch later this year, they will support the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5. Connection to a head unit is required through a Lightning cable.
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