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not quite right
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Puyallup, WA
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Re: Apple announces CarPlay

said by pike:

This isn't something I can really get excited about.

Really? Why not? If you use any of the factory media/nav systems in cars today they stink to high heavens. From clunky low res interfaces to unintuitive controls. It would totally influence my next car purchase in the sense that the car would have what I wanted, AND having CarPlay would just push it over the top. I think it can be taken for granted that the system will be upgradeable through firmware updates because its a given that people hold onto cars much longer than cell phones. At the same time I doubt if auto manufactures will be updating older existing units because They want to get you to buy a new car. Geez you guys sound like my 90 yr old grandma talking about microwave ovens ...
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I love it...and as long as Ferrari supports it, I'm good to go!

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said by not quite right:

I think it can be taken for granted that the system will be upgradeable through firmware updates...

So far, Ford is the only company who has setup the capability to update your firmware via USB stick (Telsa can do it OTA).

I've had to take my 2 year old Subaru in 2x for firmware updates, one of which required a full-on hardware replacement to accomplish.

I wouldn't assume firmware updates are going to be standard issue.

Further, I wouldn't buy a car with this because I'm an Android user and don't want any more lock-in than I have with my current Mac gear.


not quite right
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said by ke4pym:

So far, Ford is the only company who has setup the capability to update your firmware via USB stick (Telsa can do it OTA).

I just had a Chevy rental car and it updated OTA. (I stumbled a crossed it trying to figure the damn thing out). I don't see this procedure being uncommon at all as these device become more and more popular.
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pike
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said by not quite right:

said by pike:

This isn't something I can really get excited about.

Really? Why not? If you use any of the factory media/nav systems in cars today they stink to high heavens.

I just don't see the utility in it. I concede that current generation gear does stink. I drove a Ford Fusion with Sync as a rental on a recent trip and the process to pair and finally stream to the radio was arduous at best. Each time I restarted the car there was 3 or 4 interactions required to change the radio from FM to Bluetooth A2DP.

Once things are running though, the head unit doesn't matter. All I need is a skip button and a phone button. Having the artist/title is nice but not a deal breaker. As far as navi goes, personally I don't find myself ever looking at the screen when there's a map up. If I'm in an unfamiliar place, I need my eyes on the road so I can see street signs and landmarks -- not staring at a map on the dash. Voice-guided turn-by-turn is way more important.

I certainly don't want my texts being read aloud if I have passengers in the car. Imagine car pooling a business meeting and your wife or child texts you something private.

I realize this is all very subjective, and admit this is coming from someone that barely puts 4000 miles on his car a year (I use the Metro system here extensively). Someone like darcilicious See Profile who mentioned driving 400-500 miles a week may get a lot more usefulness out of it. I share other's concerns about upgradability. While this is a new market for Apple, they have never been known for long support cycles on any of their products.