Earlier this year both Apple and Google showed off some new software. Google lifted the wraps off of Android Auto which essentially projects a mobile device’s Android experience to an in-dash display. Apple unveiled CarPlay which brings its iOS experience to vehicles. Two of the biggest car manufacturers that had committed to supporting CarPlay and launching support by the end of this year have announced a delay. They now commit to supporting CarPlay in 2015.
Apple’s s new in-car solution for iOS, first revealed over a year ago at WWDC, appears to be hitting delays as some car manufacturers push back release schedules into next year. Back in March when Apple officially announced availability of the feature, a handful of car companies announced that CarPlay would arrive in new models later in the year. What they didn’t tell you is that in many cases the CarPlay functionality won’t actually become available until next year. A spokesperson for Mercedes-Benz confirmed that it won’t be making its previous target of 2014 for releasing the feature in its vehicles. While Apple’s site still lists Mercedes-Benz as a partner releasing CarPlay in 2014, the company confirmed to us that the release has now been pushed back into 2015.