Apple buys self-driving car startup Drive.ai

27 Jun
Drive.AI self-driving car in Arlington, TexasTechnology giant Apple has purchased self-driving car startup Drive.ai just as it was preparing to close up shop. Apple confirmed with Axios it made the purchase on Tuesday, though it's unclear what the technology company paid for the self-driving car company. Drive.ai had raised around $77 million in venture capital since its founding in 2016...

Apple CarPlay interface updated with latest iOS 13 update

4 Jun
Apple CarPlay iOS 13The refreshed Apple CarPlay interface shown Monday at the tech firm's Worldwide Developers Conference marks a major cosmetic and functional overhaul for the in-car smartphone interface and opens up the ability for third-party apps to work with the Siri virtual assistant. The updated CarPlay interface will arrive with an iOS 13 update this fall and...

Lexus makes Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa available on recent models for $199

23 May
2018 Lexus LS 500h Executive Package (Lexus LS Hybrid)Owners of a handful of recent Lexus cars and crossover SUVs now have the option to upgrade their infotainment system software to include Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility—for a price. DON'T MISS: 2019 Lexus UX crossover earns Top Safety Pick award from IIHS The luxury automaker said on its website that its dealers can install...

Toyota will retrofit 2018 Camry, Sienna with Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa compatibility

30 Apr
2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid2018 Toyota Camry and Sienna owners can take their cars to dealers to have Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility retrofitted, the automaker said last week. Toyota, once staunchly opposed to third-party infotainment solutions, climbed aboard the Apple CarPlay bandwagon first with its 2019 Avalon has begun to expand the smartphone mirroring...

VW nabs Apple exec for self-driving car development

11 Jan
Volkswagen Group Sedric concept, 2017 Frankfurt Motor ShowVolkswagen has hired former Apple executive Alexander Hitzinger to lead technical development at its commercial vehicles division, which includes responsibility for the development of self-driving cars and the automaker's mobility services. Automotive News (subscription required) reported on the hiring on Wednesday and said Hitzinger was formerly...

Mazda offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto retrofit for $199

26 Nov
Mazda announces Apple CarPlay, Android Auto retrofitAlthough it took Mazda until earlier this year to add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to some of its cars, owners of older Mazdas will be able to take advantage of the systems with a new retrofit. The brand said last week that it will offer an upgrade that works for 2014 and newer cars. Eligible models must also feature the Mazda Connect...

Apple co-founder not sold on self-driving cars

19 Nov
Steve and Janet Wozniak with new 2016 Tesla Model S, December 2016  [source: Steve Wozniak Facebook]Based on his experience with his Tesla, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said last week that doesn't believe fully self-driving cars are possible in the near-term. Wozniak told CNBC in an interview published last week he initially hoped Apple would be first to launch a self-driving car, but added that he now doesn't "believe in auto-driving cars"...

VW now lets Apple users unlock their cars with Siri

13 Nov
VW Car-Net Siri integrationVW announced on Monday that its smartphone app now supports Siri commands for Apple users. Notably, Apple users can now unlock and lock their Volkswagen with a Siri voice command. After a user logs into the Car-Net app, a handful of new functions will be available with the typical "Hey, Siri" voice command. VW said Apple users can simply say...

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto added to 2018 Mazda 3

11 Oct
2017 Mazda 3The 2018 Mazda 3 compact sedan and hatchback joined the ranks of compact cars available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. CarsDirect reported Wednesday that Mazda dealers were instructed to upgrade Mazda 3 Touring and Grand Touring trim levels with Apple and Android smartphone compatibility for free. The automaker isn't including...

Apple files patent for hazard-highlighting headlights

10 Sep
Apple headlight system patent to detect hazardsThough we’re still not sure if Apple really plans to make a car, they’ve filed nearly enough patents to throw one together. The latest is an adaptive headlight system programmed to highlight road hazards and more. Dubbed the “System and Method for Light and Image Projection,” the patent outlines a system that can use an...