Toyota signs up for CarPlay to implement it in 2019

The Detroit International Motor Show is the place chosen by Toyota to announce that the new Avalon model will have CarPlay integrated for the 2019 version. This will be the first model of the brand to have Apple service integrated, but hopefully other than the last post that It is really important to have it to leave the iPhone saved untouched while driving.

Gradually the brands are being integrated into the Apple CarPlay service but in this case we believe that Toyota and Lexus should already have the system integrated in some of their vehicles. We are facing one of the major dealerships in the world and currently still not having support with CarPlay, but at least now They have officially announced that the Avalon will take it next year.

Many are the car manufacturers that are making efforts to integrate these services with Apple's iPhone, but it does not seem easy to negotiate since its implementation is still slow. We have to keep in mind that each manufacturer adds different audio equipment and different technology, although it is true that it is more and more frequently encounter touch screens on them, not all of them carry them.

Configure CarPlay in your car

Surely you already know how to perform these steps, but a reminder to make a proper operation in our car never hurts:

  1. Make sure your car or stereo is compatible with CarPlay.
  2. Connect the iPhone to the USB port of CarPlay. The USB port may be labeled with the CarPlay icon or a smartphone. If the CarPlay home screen is not displayed, select your logo on the car screen.
    • If your car is compatible with CarPlay via wired connection, connect the iPhone to the USB port of the vehicle. The USB port may be labeled with the CarPlay icon or a smartphone.
    • If your car supports CarPlay wirelessly, press and hold the Voice Control button on the steering wheel to configure CarPlay. You can also make sure the car is in wireless link mode or via Bluetooth. Then, on the iPhone, go to Settings> General> CarPlay> Available cars and select yours. For more information, check your car manual.
  3. Make sure your car is running.
  4. Ask Siri what you need. You can do it in several ways:
    • If your car has a Voice Control button, keep it pressed on the steering wheel. Say what you need.
    • If you have a touch screen, press and hold the Start button in CarPlay until Siri appears on the screen of your stereo. Say what you need.

Another question that remains in the future of CarPlay in cars, is the time when you can use this service wirelessly in most of them and is that nowadays in most of them it is necessary to have the iPhone charging in order to use the service. True, in point 2 of the manual CarPlay indicates the configuration wirelessly, but in reality very few are the cars that allow it. Let's see if this new Toyota takes it.

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