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iPhone may soon let you control AC, car using CarPlay

Apple’s own self-driving car may also still be years away, however, it is not totally away from the existing cars. Apple’s CarPlay lets you use your iPhone as a tether for map navigation, calls and different sorts of communications, and even entertainment on your car’s infotainment screen. And now Apple may be planning to give more abilities to CarPlay to make it more useful. CarPlay may soon let you control air conditioning, alter seats, configure the sound settings on your car, among different things, and that may be good news for iPhone customers with a car.

As reported by Bloomberg, Apple may be working on a host of updates for CarPlay to make it better in terms of interacting with the host vehicle. The modern set of features is good, however, there are still a lot of things that your iPhone can’t do. A better CarPlay, however, will take care of those things. It may let you set the cooling temperature of your car’s AC, adjust the seats without having to do that manually, and let you know the temperature and humidity of the car. It can also even let you control the speedometer.

For most things to work as planned, Apple would want automakers to associate to work more closely. That is because automakers will want Apple’s APIs internal software for controlling things like the AC or the car seats. Many years back, Apple released APIs that would let car manufacturers roll out their own vehicle controls internal CarPlay. But these controls have mostly remained unused by CarPlay users, so Apple is now chalking out a different plan to make CarPlay more applicable for iPhone customers with a car.

Apple is reportedly working on a project called the “IronHeart” and Bloomberg said it is in the early stages. There is no specific timeline for when Apple ought to introduce a better CarPlay. But this may take some time as the actual challenge for Apple would be to make car producers agree to an issue like that. It is very unlikely car producers will give up full control of the car’s dashboard to Apple, however, what may be conveniently possible for each Apple and auto company to work on select features of CarPlay’s next version. This would mean that the car companies would still continue control of major matters in their car’s dashboard while letting Apple’s CarPlay be the control panel for different things.


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