Apple iCar?

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 15, 2015 6:09 PM GMT
    Wow, these rumors have been floating around for two days and we still don't have a RJ thread.

    The WSJ appears to have the most comprehensive story, but you have to pay to read it, which I won't.

    Cars with these freaky-looking roof racks started appearing around Apple HQ a few weeks ago:

    applevan-800x431.jpg?retina

    Somebody did a little sleuthing on linked-in accounts and discovered that Apple has been hiring dozens of people away from Tesla and other car companies.

    Inside source says that Apple is "gearing up to give Tesla a run for its money."

    Sources suggest that this could be a $5G research project. But on the scale of Apple, that could just be a purely academic study...

    Stop and think for a minute what life would be like if Apple and Google and Facebook controlled our cars. Would you have to watch an ad to get the windshield wipers to come on? Would the car automatically start driving you to the gay bar because it's Friday night? Would you be unable to refuel because your car has an incompatible operating system?* Would you be unable to go to the gay bar because your car isn't compatible with the road operating system that goes there?

    *(Been there, done that. I drove a Datsun in Detroit in the 80's icon_surprised.gif )

    http://www.macrumors.com/2015/02/13/apple-automotive-research-lab/
    http://www.wired.com/2015/02/apple-making-car-isnt-ridiculous-think/
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 15, 2015 8:57 PM GMT
    I'm amused at how the so-called innovator Apple is playing follow-the-leader with Google.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 15, 2015 9:11 PM GMT
    ^I know right? icon_lol.gif

    I'm speculating that Apple isn't working on a self-driving car. More like the navigation software for their automotive OS platform.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 15, 2015 10:19 PM GMT
    That seemed like the most reasonable interpretation, until WSJ came up with a list of automotive engineers they've hired and a source that claims they are building a real EV (prototype of course.)

    But I'm sure they build prototypes of lots of stuff that will never ever be produced.

    I'm still waiting for them to get back to me on my proposal to spend $5G developing a new line of networked sex toys... that's gonna be way bigger than cars.
  • Timbales

    Posts: 13993

    Feb 16, 2015 12:12 AM GMT
    If I have to give up driving stick, might as get a self-driving car. I'd prefer Android, though.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 16, 2015 5:07 AM GMT
    I wish I could replace the built in navi, audio ui system, and stuff in my car.

    For example, with the navi when I search by merchant name it has to be exactly right, as put in by whoever they buy their maps from. There ought to be a list of aliases with fuzzy matching.

    The music system has weird limiting quirks/rules when you have nested folders on a flash drive. Everything plays but you're very limited to how you can shuffle, but this is a chronic problem with 3rd party phone music players as well. Apparently nobody listens to classical music where you'd like to shuffle the albums/discs (folders) but play the tracks on it in order.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 16, 2015 5:11 AM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidI wish I could replace the built in navi, audio ui system, and stuff in my car.

    For example, with the navi when I search by merchant name it has to be exactly right, as put in by whoever they buy their maps from. There ought to be a list of aliases with fuzzy matching.

    The music system has weird limiting quirks/rules when you have nested folders on a flash drive. Everything plays but you're very limited to how you can shuffle, but this is a chronic problem with 3rd party phone music players as well. Apparently nobody listens to classical music where you'd like to shuffle the albums/discs (folders) but play the tracks on it in order.

    This is why I dislike factory navigation systems. It's like a $2000 option. But it's not intuitive to use. And they make you pay a couple hundred dollars for map and POI updates.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 16, 2015 7:45 PM GMT
    I've been looking around at 3rd party stereos to interface with my phone. The higher end ones are CarPlay compatible, but I'm not sure I want that. First I'd have to rearrange the dashes to fit double-DIN. Second, I'm not sure what CarPlay does that the phone can't do by itself. I'm leaning toward going with the dumbest stereo that has a USB port and just controlling everything from the phone.

    BTW: During the search, I saw this little dongle called a "Zubie" that plugs into the OBDII port of your car. With the companion app, it then sends sends all the vehicle diagnostics data to your phone, much like the On Board Computer in my BMW. Plus, of course, it phones home the info to the company database, where you can download charts and track the location of your vehicle at any time. Also provides info on how it's being driven (rapid acceleration, hard braking, etc.) If my vehicles were being driven by teens, I'd pick up one of these gadgets for each one!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 17, 2015 4:43 AM GMT
    I wish they would just build a TV that didn't need 4 remotes that hardly work.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 17, 2015 5:32 PM GMT
    the new iCar:
    1958%20Ford%20Fairlane.jpg

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 18, 2015 10:00 AM GMT
    Does it have Windows ?
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 18, 2015 10:53 AM GMT
    Bodycontactau saidDoes it have Windows ?

    They cant call them that...
    iWindscreens? iView Panels?
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 18, 2015 7:43 PM GMT
    apple really fucked up Yosemite. Instead of a car for christmas nice to have 10.10.3 released.