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I wonder... are any other of the new cars that offer carplay having similar issues as well? Or is it just the civic? Might give a clearer answer to whether honda needs better tech testing or if Apple/android need to test they're software better.
 

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So I've poked around a bit to try to figure out what's with CarPlay and the new Civic. Honda announced it would use CarPlay quite early on but has so far only come out with two vehicles that actually have it. Perhaps so few cars have it because there are problems with it.

Only other thing I found was this from Apple Insider:

drivers will need at least an iPhone 5 and iOS 8.4.
So that could be the problem for some people.
 

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Reading online there are quite a few reports of CarPlay crashing the third party Pioneer head units, crashing when making calls, crashing in apps like Spotify, crashing in the built in radio in the Seat Leon that has CarPlay. So far the evidence all points to this being an Apple problem.

I run Android so I'll be ok until my wife tries to use it on her iPhone I guess!
 

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We put a Pioneer head unit in one of our cars that used Apple Car Play. It was not very good. After a week of crashing, songs freezing and just not working well, we were able to return it for an Alpine Non Apple Car Play unit. Things work great now with our i-phones. Both units were installed by an independent Audio store. We don't know what the problem was.
 

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My experience with Car Play

I started to worry after reading all of the issues people were having with the infotainment system on the touring model. I have the EX-T and was trying to use Car Play to play podcasts on my iPhone. The display showed that the podcast was playing but there was no sound. After reading various forum posts and some Google-fu, I ended up downloading the Overcast app. I can now use Car Play to play podcasts using Overcast. Interestingly, as I was troubleshooting the issue I found that this issue only happens with certain podcasts using the native Apple app and car play. I don't know why there would be a difference, but so far have not had other issues. All of the podcasts that would not play on the Apple app do play on the Overcast app.

To troubleshoot, I did a factory reset, started from scratch setting up Bluetooth and car play, and did a hard reset on my iPhone. Probably overkill, but so far so good. I'll post any other issues I notice with it.

My main complaint is having to abandon Waze which has been a lifesaver navigating around traffic in the Seattle area. Apple maps is nowhere as useful for avoiding issues. Navigation, sure - but I wish Apple would allow other apps to integrate with car play. With my old 2003 Civic and an aftermarket sound system, I could use Bluetooth or USB connection and listen to podcasts, music, Pandora, make calls, text using Siri, etc. and have Waze running at the same time providing directions.
 

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I am sure they will improve it over time, but it is disappointing that the system that was supposed to be the thing that cured all the woes from manufacturer infotainment systems.
 

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I'm not convinced that it is Apple though. It could be that the auto maker's systems are just so weird taht its hard to clean them up to be compatible with CarPlay.
 

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My main complaint is having to abandon Waze which has been a lifesaver navigating around traffic in the Seattle area. Apple maps is nowhere as useful for avoiding issues. Navigation, sure - but I wish Apple would allow other apps to integrate with car play. With my old 2003 Civic and an aftermarket sound system, I could use Bluetooth or USB connection and listen to podcasts, music, Pandora, make calls, text using Siri, etc. and have Waze running at the same time providing directions.
Indeed, WAZE is pretty much neccessary these days. I'd like to have weather radar sometimes too.

It needs to be such that we do not have to juggle our phones ot tablets in order to drive. In the name of safety as well as convenience. As it is they try to inform us of our personal limitations and custom build crap that is years behind the times. Totally forcing us to use our phones.

Also need to be able to split the on board screen to show say WAZE and music info. Our Toyota Tundra does, but only with their third rate nav.
 

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I'm not convinced that it is Apple though. It could be that the auto maker's systems are just so weird taht its hard to clean them up to be compatible with CarPlay.
well apple is the lowest common denominator here. Apple is the one building products for the manufacturers, its Apple's job to be able to adopt to the needs of their clients (yes Honda is a client).

And to boot you're ignoring stories of CP crashing non infotainment head units, still an OEM problem?

In trying to defend Apple essentially what you're saying is that Apple is incompetent...
 

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Apple is the problem here. Even their mobile devices are full of bugs when they update their iOS so it's not just their car infotainment system. Android FTW!
 

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Apple is the problem here. Even their mobile devices are full of bugs when they update their iOS so it's not just their car infotainment system. Android FTW!
One of the reasons for their updates from what i believe is the fact they want to patch versions that people hack into (aka jailbreak), most of the inbetween updates are quite useless. All anyone really needs are the major ones. And then going back to a previous build isn't possible... on Android, i bet you can go back.
 
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