CarPlay projected to be in more than 24 million vehicles by 2019, new report claims


CarPlay 2015 Hyundai Sonata
Launched earlier in 2014, Apple’s CarPlay has already seen a big adoption rate from auto manufacturers, with the list of partners still growing. That support will lead Apple into an almost ridiculous amount of vehicles by 2019, a new report suggests.
Based on a report from ABI Research, which was released on July 9, Apple’s CarPlay will be heavily adopted throughout the years to come, thanks in big part to the company’s mobile device, the iPhone. With the popularity of the company’s smartphone, auto manufacturers see the logic of adding CarPlay to their preinstalled infotainment centers because of the “walled garden” presented by Apple. The report points out that the closed ecosystem brought to the table by Apple could mean that they are forced to incorporate other researches, like Google’s Android Auto — of which some auto manufacturers are already planning to do.
However, that closed ecosystem is poised to work in favor for Apple, because of the popularity of the iPhone. With so many (millions of) people buying the iPhone, and so many more expected to pick up the iPhone 6 later this year, manufacturers would be missing on that compatibility with their cars and customer’s smartphones. The result? ABI Research posits that Apple could see CarPlay installed in more than 24 million calls by 2019.
From the report:
Many believe Apple is creating further fragmentations and a ripple effect in the industry by not being open. However, love it or hate it, with Apple on the scene it certainly draws greater attention to in-car apps and now with the Android Auto standard on the scene both will certainly drive adoption of in-car apps.
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[via ABI Research]

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