Apple CarPlay could control more of your car’s equipment, according to a report by Bloomberg. The publication cites unidentified individuals within Apple who claim the advancements are being developed under the project name “IronHeart”.
Should IronHeart succeed, CarPlay could control the a vehicle’s climate control system, power seat controls, and all audio functions—not just those of the user’s iPhone. Bloomberg notes, however, that IronHeart’s biggest hurdle will likely be convincing automakers to give Apple access to such features.
Although most automaker’s new vehicles are CarPlay compatible, some are still not. This includes Tesla’s cars and SUVs. Others, such as Toyota, only recently agreed to add the feature to its vehicles following years of fending the technology giant off. Arguably, the adoption of IronHeart could play out similarly, with a few automakers deciding to accept the tech within its vehicles early on, followed by other manufacturers following on sometime later as more customers express interest in the feature.
Regardless, it seems Apple’s automotive industry ambitions are by no means waning. Whether this ultimately results in a genuine Apple-badged car or a more deeply ingrained user experience between Apple’s technology and various automaker’s four-wheeled machines remains to be seen.
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