During the WWDC 2013 event on Monday we were treated to some great insight into what is to come, one of which was iOS in the Car. Not long after we discussed some of the car manufacturers who would be supporting this new service, and the fact that Ford would not be.
There is another major car manufacturer who is also sitting on the fence, and that is BMW. There have been rumors that they have ruled it out completely, but BMW’s iOS in the Car integration support has yet to be decided.
It’s obvious that not all automakers were going to get onboard, considering they have spent a huge sum of money on their own systems. Although, others will see the potential, and the fact that their customers would want the option to sync their iPhone in their cars.
Okay, so we know that one of the issues is with the investment BMW has already made with their own system, but we also need to remember that it also supports iPhone functionality, just not as good as iOS in the Car will. BMW is a little weary of the success Apple hope to have with their in car system, especially when you consider the amount of money other automakers have spent on their own systems.
In order for iOS in the Car to work, you will need an iOS device to connect to the in-car system, along with a 3G/4G connection, which will come at a cost if you go over your data limit, although this will not be such a huge problem, because it’s not often that you require a data connection while driving.
We have to admire Apple though, as they are trying to integrate iOS devices into in-car entertainment systems, and in doing so is trying to get the jump of its rivals.
Thanks to Arnold Clark.
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