The impending era of self-driving cars may make the roads so safe that the medical industry may run short on organ donations normally provided by the victims of automobile accidents, and the solution may arise thanks to another futuristic technology: 3D printing.
Hyundai joined the surge of CarPlay news by announcing Wednesday that Apple’s iOS integration feature will arrive as an option on the 2015 Sonata later this year. Hyundai had previously pledged support for CarPlay, but today’s news is the first time specific plans have been detailed.
Car electronics company Pioneer announced plans this week to bring Apple’s CarPlay to existing vehicles with an aftermarket in-dash solution. In addition to supporting CarPlay in future products, Pioneer will also add CarPlay support to its current line of receivers via a firmware update this summer.
CarPlay is an exciting new feature that promises to integrate iOS into the driving experience like never before. But, thus far, access to CarPlay required the purchase of a new car. Now car electronics firm Alpine is reportedly working on an aftermarket device that can bring CarPlay to existing vehicles, although it’s rumored to still cost up to $700.
Ford SYNC, the company’s in-car entertainment and voice control platform, may soon switch to BlackBerry’s QNX operating system after being powered by Windows since the feature’s introduction in 2007. Sources claim that Ford hopes the switch will help the automaker cut costs as well as improve the performance of the SYNC platform.
Just a few months after Apple announced its own plans for iOS in the Car, Google is reportedly teaming up with Audi to unveil an initiative aimed at bringing Android-powered capabilities to cars’ built-in information and entertainment systems.