Apple Carplay has come a long way since it first was announced at the Geneva Motor Show back in 2014. From its infancy in models from BMW, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo and a few other higher-end marques were amongst the first adopters. Ever since it’s grown to become commonplace in almost every manufacturer’s infotainment solution and as a result now Apple boasts over 600 models under its Carplay umbrella.
IOS 15 is the bedfellow to CarPlay’s latest iteration of software and although it looks still hark back to its roots (with a few tweaks) under the hood, it’s moved on quite a way. With Siri integration now not getting in the way of navigation, it’s easy to see how games could be incorporated safely onto the platform.
Of course, games are already here and available inside cars, well, only Tesla for now. Additionally, Elon Musk has said, he’s looking at bringing the Unity and Unreal Game engines to his automobiles, but why is that important you may ask? Well, these are the game engines on which some of the most popular mobile gaming titles are built, plainly put, the games also use the same technology with which CarPlay already shares its brain.
So surely that should mean that bringing games over to the screen in your car can’t be too far away as little or no development at all would be needed.
Naturally, it wouldn’t be ideal to get the adrenaline pumping with a session of some sort of racing game sat in the driver’s seat in the supermarket car park, then taking it to the road. But there are surely options out there to keep people entertained, and most importantly safe. With that focus being on safety, then it’s arguable that if games were to be ported across to CarPlay they should be ones that are a little more sedate. Already, numerous highly rated apps enable people to play poker with friends online through their mobile phones and tablets. It could be said that it would be a perfect game for the platform.
With the future talk of automobiles heading towards automation and of course Elon Musk’s company already well on their way to that with autopilot, that in itself could open up other opportunities. There are a host of games that we know utilise voice commands on Apple’s platform, this is something that could integrate into CarPlay seamlessly. If iOS allows voice control for madcap games like Scream Go Hero, then the option for simple voice commands to call, raise or bet in poker could surely be integrated into Siri. You wouldn’t even have to touch the screen to hold the cards. On the face of it, it doesn’t seem overly complex.
Gaming on iOS accounts for 25% of all apps downloaded. Apple has developed a platform onto which it’s entirely possible to enjoy gaming and quality gaming at that. They’ve integrated their tech into over 600 models of cars and are trusted by the giants of the motor industry to cater to their customer’s infotainment needs. It’s a match made in heaven.