1. Home
  2. Current Work
  3. Mustang Apple Carplay Upgrade - Is It Possible?

    20 December 2020
Chameleon Mustang at B&B Audioconcepts Cardiff

Chameleon Mustang for Apple Carplay Upgrade | B&B Audioconcepts - Penarth Road - Cardiff


Apple Carplay Integration for Ford Mustang

CarPlay is a smarter, safer way to use your iPhone while you drive. You can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and enjoy your favourite music. All on your car’s built-in display. And with iOS 14, CarPlay introduces all-new app categories and custom wallpapers for your CarPlay Dashboard.

Maps Let your iPhone show you the way
The power and simplicity of Apple Maps is available in your car. CarPlay can predict where you’re going using addresses from your email, text messages, contacts and calendars. And with a more detailed map, turn‑by‑turn spoken directions and immersive 3D experiences, it’s easier than ever to get where you need to go. One‑tap access to your go‑to and must‑see destinations also helps you find more to see and do when you get there — whether you’re searching for points of interest, driving to a favourite restaurant or looking for nearby petrol stations.


Mustang Carplay Features

The CarPlay interface is designed to be immediately familiar to anyone who has used iOS on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Connecting an iPhone to CarPlay through a Lightning cable brings up an iOS-style interface on the in-car display that offers a home screen complete with apps like Maps, Phone, Messages, Music, Podcasts, and several third-party offerings.

Apps are accessed via touch screen, through Siri, or through various in-car controls that might be located on the steering wheel or other location depending on the car manufacturer. On aftermarket offerings from companies like Pioneer and Alpine, physical controls are limited to buttons on the in-dash system unless special adapters are installed.

Though apps can be launched through touch-based controls, actions like sending a text message, making a phone call, or changing a music track are largely conducted through Siri. There is no on-screen keyboard, for example, so text messages are transcribed by voice much as they are when using dictation to send messages on an iPhone.


Carplay Maps in Mustang

Powered by the Apple Maps app on the iPhone, Maps within CarPlay lets users get detailed turn-by-turn directions to help them navigate. The CarPlay interface clearly displays the route, driving instructions, traffic conditions, and visual cues for upcoming turns. Estimated time of arrival is also included, along with an estimate of driving time and distance until the destination is reached.

Maps draws in location information from apps like Messages, Calendar, and Mail, and it also includes previous searches made on iOS. For example, if a user has a specific location for an upcoming meeting stored in the Calendar app, Maps pulls that info into the CarPlay interface. Maps also allows for voice commands through Siri, so it's possible to ask Siri to find a gas station, a museum, or a specific address. In iOS 10, Maps gained traffic alerts and alternate routes to save time in traffic-heavy areas.

As of iOS 12, CarPlay works with third-party Maps apps like Google Maps, giving CarPlay users an alternative to Apple Maps. Many map apps have adopted CarPlay support following the update, including Google Maps, Waze, and others.


Carplay Phone in Mustang

With the Phone app, it's possible to ask Siri to dial calls, return missed calls, and listen to voice mail. The CarPlay Phone app also has a keypad so numbers can be punched in on the touchscreen, but for the most part, calls can be initiated by asking Siri to dial an existing contact.

A user might say, "Call mom," for example, to place a phone call over the car's speaker system. In-car controls are also used alongside the touchscreen for functions like muting calls or initiating conference calls.


Carplay Messages in Mustang

As with phone calls, sending a message is reliant on Siri. Messages are dictated aloud to the voice assistant, with Siri confirming the content of the message to ensure accuracy before sending. When a response is received, Siri asks if the user wants it read aloud and then gives the option to send another text message, with the entire interaction being voice-based to prevent users from looking at their iPhones while driving.

Sample commands within the Messages app include "Read message from Kelly," or "Send message to mom," followed by the message content.


Carplay Audiobooks in Mustang

The Audiobooks app is part of the iBooks app and lets users listen to audiobooks in their vehicles.


Carplay Music in Mustang

The CarPlay Music app allows customers to access content that has been downloaded from iTunes, the Apple Music streaming service, and the free Beats 1 radio station. Like other CarPlay apps, the Music app's interface is immediately recognizable, with access to Artists, Songs, and Playlists. With Siri, it's possible for Apple Music subscribers to play a specific songs or artists on-demand with commands like "Siri, play Beyonce."


Carplay Podcasts in Mustang

With the Podcasts app, CarPlay users can listen to their downloaded podcasts. The CarPlay interface is similar to the interface on iOS devices and should be immediately familiar to those who frequently use the Podcasts app.


Who are B&B Audioconcepts?

So we are B&B (BIG BASS) Audioconcepts, we are specialists in Vehicle Customising, Vehicle Modifying and Vehicle Upgrading anything that moves, whether on land or sea. We are accredited with our Car Audio Industry's top affiliations, and you can be confident that your vehicle is in the best possible hands. B&B Audioconcepts has a professional team of staff who are highly experienced in carrying out Car Audio and Car Security installations for all types of vehicles. Each member is highly skilled in carrying out the Installation Services we offer to a very high standard to ensure that each customer gets the best out of their new installation(s). B&B Audioconcepts offer full vehicle customisation from, Vehicle Wrapping, Engine Tuning, Window Tinting, Bodykit Fitting, Alloy Wheel Refurbishment. Get in touch for more details to see how we can take your vehicle / motorbike / boat / yacht to the next level.


Previous Blogs you may have missed.....

>>> Bentley Dash Conversion with Kenwood

>>> Mercedes XFIRE Audio and Security Upgrades

>>> Ford Mustang Audio Upgrade

>>> BMW M5 F90 Security Upgrades | Keyless Theft - 4K Dash Cam

Mustang in B&B Audioconcepts Workshop for Apple Carplay Integration
Apple Carplay in Mustang at B&B Audioconcepts Cardiff
Google Maps in Mustang using Apple Carplay at B&B Audioconcepts
Apple Maps in Mustang using Carplay at B&B Audioconcepts Cardiff
Apple Carplay Apps in Mustang at B&B Audioconcepts Cardiff
Chameleon Mustang with Apple Carplay in B&B Audioconcepts Workshop
Happy Customer with Apple Carplay Integrated in Mustang at B&B Audioconcepts Cardiff

There's more...