I was curious how Audi intends to implement CarPlay so I got my dealer to send me this FAQ:
Audi-Apple CarPlay FAQ
Q. Can’t I already connect my iPhone to my Audi MMI system?
A. For several years, Audi owners have been able to access music and address book files stored on their iPhones and iPods using the innovative Audi Music Interface connection with the MMI® system in their cars. In addition, most mobile devices can be connected through Bluetooth.
Q. How does CarPlay differ, then?
A. With the new CarPlay functions, Audi owners will be able to project the iPhone environment on the built-in displays of their cars. The unique MMI touch touchpad, voice commands and dials will then allow Audi owners to control and access their iPhone apps, as well as send and receive messages, listen to music and refer to Maps. When an iPhone is connected to the Audi MMI system by a USB cable, drivers will be asked if they want to use the display and controls for iPhone functions. Driver can switch to the MMI environment at any time and the CarPlay experience will end if the iPhone is disconnected.
Q. How will Audi control distractions with CarPlay?
A. Reducing driving distractions has been a core principle for Audi as electronics have taken a large role in the driving environment. That is no less true with the addition of CarPlay. With Apple engineers, Audi has included features that disable video or text-heavy content when the car is in motion. This is in keeping with current Audi MMI system practice.
Q. Why will it take until 2016 for CarPlay to appear in Audi models?
A. Audi is unique in offering drivers a touchpad to operate the MMI system while keeping their eyes on the road. This required the optimization of CarPlay for the advanced Audi system. What’s more, Audi will introduce CarPlay functionality with the next generation of its modular infotainment head unit now scheduled to appear in Europe next year and in U.S. models by early 2016. This timetable will allow the most seamless integration of CarPlay with the advanced voice recognition and other features. The Audi modular electronics architecture, or MIB, has been described by the automotive and technology media as an automotive breakthrough because it will allow engineers to quickly change out rapidly evolving components, such as graphics processors at the factory. This dramatically cuts the gap between cutting-edge consumer electronics lifecycles and automotive-grade electronics.
Q. Is Audi forcing me to choose between an iOS and an Android mobile device?
A. Absolutely not. Audi has announced a parallel plan to introduce Android Auto by 2015 in Europe and by early 2016 in the U.S. market. Android Auto will also allow Audi driver to access Android apps and services on their mobile devices.
Q. Does this all mean that Apple iOS will control the electronics systems in Audi models?
A. No. CarPlay allows the iPhone features to operate smoothly and efficiently with the in-car microphone, audio streams and in-car displays and driver inputs.