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Apple ramps up autonomous car testing as deal with Hyundai-Kia is called off
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11th Feb 2021
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Apple ramps up autonomous car testing as deal with Hyundai-Kia is called off

Apple’s on-again, off-again plans to develop autonomous car technology appear to be slowly ramping back up again – as plans to partner with Korean giant Hyundai-Kia appear to have stalled. An investigative report by Automotive News USA has unearthed autonomous testing data filed by tech giant Apple to Californian authorities.
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Joshua Dowling
Apple iPhone Digital Key will soon be able to unlock your car
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22nd Jun 2020
2 min read

Apple iPhone Digital Key will soon be able to unlock your car

Apple iPhone users will soon be able to lock, unlock and start their car using the smartphone’s near-field sensor technology and a new app called Digital Key. The tech giant announced overnight that its latest devices with the near-field sensor technology will be able to lock and unlock certain BMW cars by ‘tapping’ or positioning their phone near the front door handles. Once inside the car, the same technology will start the car at the press of a button.
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Joshua Dowling
Skoda Kamiq, Scala to offer wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
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29th Aug 2019
2 min read

Skoda Kamiq, Scala to offer wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto

Skoda has officially launched its latest infotainment software with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, debuting in the all-new Kamiq crossover and related Scala hatchback. Dubbed 'Wireless Smart Link', the feature "makes for even more convenient use of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto" by allowing compatible smartphones to use the mirroring features through a bluetooth connection, rather than a USB cable.
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James Wong
Apple CarPlay: Google Maps, Waze now supported
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19th Sep 2018
1 min read

Apple CarPlay: Google Maps, Waze now supported

Among all the shiny things included in Apple's latest iPhone software update is an exciting development for CarPlay users – finally, you can use Google Maps through your car's touchscreen. Huzzah! UPDATE: Waze is coming, but it's not available right now. Apologies for the error. The news was announced at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June this year, but it's now officially available to users as part of the iOS12.0 update released alongside the new iPhone XS, XS Max and XR.
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Scott Collie
BMW Australia: Apple CarPlay subscription fee under consideration
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7th Feb 2018
2 min read

BMW Australia: Apple CarPlay subscription fee under consideration

BMW Australia is considering a subscription fee for Apple CarPlay, potentially following in the footsteps of its American counterpart. Speaking to CarAdvice at the 2018 Bathurst 12 Hour, Lenore Fletcher, local communications boss for BMW, said the company was in discussions about making customers – who currently pay upfront to have CarPlay fitted – make yearly payments to use the service.
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Scott Collie