Seat Breaks Down Apple's Walls, Offers CarPlay-Compatible Vehicle App
Apple loves it when people buy its toys, but doesn’t appreciate it when other companies try to muscle into its technology playpen.
Whether the tech giant likes it or not, the Volkswagen-owned Seat brand just became the first automaker to design and market an app that is compatible with Apple CarPlay.
As one of the few third-party apps allowed in CarPlay, Seat’s DriveApp allows iPhone users to access their vehicle’s data through the infotainment screen without having to switch back to the factory interface.
Normally, CarPlay and a vehicle’s infotainment system stay worlds apart. Before the DriveApp, motorists couldn’t access vehicle functions while in CarPlay. Now, Seat owners can simply click an extra icon on the display, keeping their media connections intact. There isn’t all that much to access right now — DriveApp’s features are basic, limited to vehicle status (mileage, tire pressure and the like), but Seat claims new services and features are on the way.
App Store customers in Spain get DriveApp first, followed soon after by other Seat markets. Which doesn’t include North America, of course. Still, if a Volkswagen-owned European car brand can do it, why not others?
Seat’s app could spark a flood of CarPlay compatible offerings from other automakers.
What is this clickbait nonsense? Apple approves everything on the Appstore. If they didn't like what Seat is doing, the app would not be available.
All CarPlay head units, both OEM and third-party, can have a proprietary app that gives the screen to non-CarPlay functions. These can be radios, Bluetooth access, or car functions. These all can be accessed while using CarPlay. The screen will change to the OEM screen but a tap of the home button brings you back the CarPlay home screen. This SEAT app doesn't seem to be doing anything different or new.
Clickbait? Hmmm... it's Monday. I don't have to worry about such things - both of our cars are old tech - a 2002 CR-V and a W-body 2012 Impala. click.