I’m very much looking forward to CarPlay. In fact, I’m certain that the next car I buy will have it.
As I see it, there’s a big upside and a smaller downside to CarPlay.
I won’t steal Ted’s thunder by telling you his up and downsides but mine are the opposite – I see huge downsides a little upside.
As I’ve said on YML many times, as a motorcyclist, I hate any kind of distractions to a car driver. We are vulnerable enough on top of our bikes without car manufacturers giving drivers even more reasons to not pay attention to the world outside their vehicles.
Every motorcyclist can tell you horror stories of people not only talking (illegally) on their cell phones but doing some of the most idiotic things in their cars.
I saw a woman in a convertible Jeep on the interstate outside Nashville, TN, CHANGE HER TOP. Seriously – she took the blouse she was wearing off, reached in the back, and put on another one. On the highway. In the fast lane. At 70mph.
I know all the arguments about hands free and unified systems and everything else. None of that matters if it takes your eyes off the road and/or makes you think about anything other than piloting your multi-thousand pound vehicle at high speeds.