CarPlay has become an everyday thing for me. I like to use it to/from work to plan my route around congestion, not to mention it does local music, streaming music, and podcasts really well. On top of that, I can use Siri to add reminders for me for things I remember to do while I'm driving. "Hey siri, when I get home remind me to call Aunt Martha."
Between that stuff and all the other negatives the Tacomas has, it just wasn't in the cards for me. Toyota fought integrating AA/CP for so long, trying to control the in-car entertainment experience with EnTune, and they lost out at least on my sale.
Mazda was another company that fought AA/CP for a long time. I was pissed that it wasn't available in the ND. And then suddenly, it was available through an accessory part/ dealer installed option. I had my AA/CP module and software bought and ready to go before my 2019 Miata even hit the dealer lot, but I opted to have the dealer install it the day I picked it up. I ended up installing the module I had bought in a buddy's ND.
I'm glad these holdouts are finally coming around because I won't purchase a car without it. I can hop in my truck, my wife's car, and my Miata and still be able to use the contacts, addresses, maps, and entertainment on my phone all with the same interface. In addition, it gets rid of clutter in the car by not needing phone mounts and charging cables strewn about. I have a 1 foot coiled cable and keep the phone in the center console.
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BMW probably not doing this out of the goodness of their heart.
My guess is they are taking a beating in consumer sanctification and "quality" surveys like JD Powers over non-functional Carplay after the initial trial period. Unlike satellite radio, people are not expecting Carpaly to stop working after a year.
Just connecting via bluetooth still exchanges a lot of data in most cars now-a-days. We've managed to get an incredible amount of travel data from phones pre-carplay/aa in injury cases. This also cuts the otherway, a vast amount of your phone's data is stored in the vehicle once connected. We managed to get entire text chats from a car when someone claimed they no longer had the phone/conversation. I remember the first time I did it I was honestly dumbfounded at the amount of data that could be extracted.
In sum: your isht is everywhere you've been.
My hypothesis is the BMW saw early results of its JD Powers score because owners complaint a critical function stopped working after a while. This makes sense if you know when JD Powers do their initial quality survey... just in time for all those 2018 and early 2019 model year owners to take BMW to the woodshed. Most of them probably were not expecting Carplay to stop working.
Last edited by bzcat; 12-05-2019 at 08:22 PM.
Android Auto Finally Coming to BMW Vehicles in Mid-2020: https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a3...0-android-auto
Looks like all the automakers are starting to realize that this is a differentiator.