Take a fresh look at your lifestyle.

CarPlay evolves: the iPhone will be used to control the air conditioning, the seats and the sound of your car

The arrival of CarPlay by Apple in 2014 posed a scenario in which the iPhone would be the center of the infotainment experience in the car, but the reality is that the system still has limitations.

That is precisely what Apple wants to solve with ‘IronHeart’, the code name of the project that according to Bloomberg will make CarPlay take a path similar to HomeKit, and thus allow manufacturers to allow you to use the iPhone to control the air conditioning, seats and sound of your car.

A HomeKit for cars that will have to have the approval of the manufacturers

This project, still in its initial stages, will be carried out with the collaboration of car manufacturers, which will be the ones who take advantage or not of the possibilities offered by this technology.

The idea is to extend the capacity of CarPlay when it comes to controlling certain elements of the car that until now were an integral part of the car’s own systems. Among them would be:

  • Indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity reading.
  • Air conditioning areas, fans and defrosting systems.
  • Adjustment of speakers, equalizers, and other controls of the car sound system.
  • Seats and armrests.
  • Clocks that measure speed, revolutions, consumption and fuel levels.

In Bloomberg they point out that this initiative would be aimed at making CarPlay had a similar philosophy to the one HomeKit already has. This system allows the iPhone to access and add data from external devices such as thermostats, security cameras or smart locks.

The project, of course, might not be entirely well seen by manufacturers, they say in Bloomberg: cede control of those functions at least partially to Apple It could end up making them too dependent on the Cupertino company.

Companies like Tesla or Ford have been working on more ambitious infotainment systems, and it is to be expected that other manufacturers will also go in that direction even if they also partially open the door to Apple technology.

Vía | Bloomberg