Video: Apple Shows Off ’CarPlay’ in Chevy Spark Ahead of Chevrolet Announcement
The time is drawing nearer to when Apple’s CarPlay finally hits the streets in consumer vehicles. At the company’s recent 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference, USA Today got an up-close look at the new in-dash iOS operating system inside a 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV. This in-car demonstration shows just how familiar the software is to the usual iOS-powered devices.
Interestingly, Chevrolet has not made an official announcement concerning when CarPlay would be introduced into its product lineup. Chevy is listed as a “committed partner” with Apple in bringing the software to market, but the automaker has yet to announce any word on what vehicles will receive the system or what the roll-out timeline looks like.
Though it is possible Chevy will incorporate CarPlay into the Spark and other models late into the 2014 model year, it’s more likely the new technology will debut for 2015. We’re expecting General Motors to make quite the hubbub about the news once things are all confirmed.
Chevy will be joined by Ferrari, Volvo, Hyundai, and Mercedes as the first crop of automakers to sell cars with hardware capable of running the iOS software. What’s more, from the video above, it appears the software will also allow owners to access tailored vehicle-specific menus. In the Spark’s case, it has a “My Chevrolet” application on its home screen.
For those with older vehicles, companies like Pioneer are developing CarPlay-compatible head units that work with nearly every vehicle. A 1965 Ford Mustang was on display at Apple’s WWDC to showcase the aftermarket potential.
Click past the jump for more about the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV
From the outside, the Spark EV is not much different than the conventional gas-powered Spark. Under the hood, however, things are far less similar. The Spark EV is an all-electric vehicle powered by 21 kWh lithium-ion battery that’s comprised of 336 cells. It’s a similar setup to the larger Volt, but with several modifications in order to fit the Spark’s platform.
The Spark’s powerful battery pack sends power to electric motors that produce a surprising 130 horsepower and a staggering 400 pound-feet of torque. That’s serious power for such a small car. The Spark’s range is listed at 82 miles on a single charge. Charging comes by way of a standard wall plug for a more powerful DC fast-charge converter.
The Spark EV has a base price of $27,495 and is only available in Oregon and California.
Source: USA Today/9TO5Mac