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This weekend, for example, a bunch of BMW owners noticed that CarPlay no longer worked in their cars, and reaching out to the dealership got them a confirmation the system was indeed down.
To clarify, Apple CarPlay itself didn’t experience an outage. By design, CarPlay runs on the iPhone, so it can also be used without an Internet connection; n theory, as long as the smartphone is turned on and all connection requirements are met, there’s no reason for CarPlay not to run. So, according to this reddit thread, the issue happened on BMW’s side, with several dealerships allegedly confirming the connectivity problems in some cars.
Oddly enough, some of those who were unable to launch CarPlay in their BMWs connected to the customer portal page online to check the status of the service, only to be told they need to pay for the feature. Others were getting an active license notification, though CarPlay still wasn’t working.
“I spoke with my sales rep at the dealership and verified issues are going on. Had me check the customer portal website which has the car and all the information/apps on it. It shows that I’m subscribed to CarPlay. He said for some people who lost the feature it shows that they have to pay for the app all of a sudden, and some like myself are still showing a valid subscription,” one BMW owner explains.
No workaround was found during the outage, but BMW is believed to have already resolved the glitch, so at the time of writing, CarPlay should, at least theoretically, run correctly in all BMW cars.
If it still doesn’t, your best option is to reach out to your dealership and check the customer portal to see if you’re also being told to pay for CarPlay.
You can now use Waze on CarPlay’s home screen instead of flipping between apps while driving
If you use Waze and ever needed to take your eyes off the road to control your music alongside your maps, a new update is starting to roll out that should let you spend more time driving and less time fiddling with that touchscreen. MacRumors is reporting that Waze has started rolling out Apple CarPlay Dashboard support, which will allow you to see directions on CarPlay’s home screen, alongside media controls, calendar events, and more. When I heard about it, I ran out to my car and sure enough, Waze’s directions showed up on the home screen.
The company started beta testing the feature late last month, but CarPlay Dashboard has been around for Apple Maps users since the launch of iOS 13 (though it’s only been open to third-party developers since iOS 13.4). The integration is a win for driving safety, as the golden rule for car UI is basically “look at and touch the screen as little as you possibly can.”
Before this update, if you wanted to change the song that was playing, you’d have to go to the Music app, press the next button, then make your way back to Waze. That could be anywhere from 3 to 6 taps on the screen, depending on if Waze was in the app launcher on the side. That’s a lot, especially if you’re going 70 miles an hour. Now, you can have both Waze, the next turn you need to take, and the music controls on the same screen, and changing the song will only take one tap.
In keeping with the safety theme, the update also includes lane guidance, a feature that lets you know in advance what lane you should be in for your next turn or freeway exit. This should help reduce those “I have to be four lanes over in a quarter mile” moments that trip me up on occasion. Happy (and safe) driving!
Microsoft on Tuesday announced a slew of changes to the calling features on its Microsoft Teams app, including support for CarPlay and transferring calls between devices.
The CarPlay integration will allow Microsoft Teams users to control Teams and use Siri voice commands to initiate or answer calls in their vehicles. According to Microsoft, the CarPlay support will join other features that will make Microsoft Teams a better replacement for a traditional work phone. That includes built-in spam protection, reverse number lookup, and the ability to merge existing calls.
Those features will also join an overhauled calling interface with quicker access to features like call history, voicemail, and contacts. Additionally, Microsoft is also adding new recording features to Teams that will make it easier to record meetings and share them to cloud-based storage platforms like OneDrive.
Microsoft Teams will also get support for transferring calls between different devices in early 2021. Users will be able to begin a call on their Mac and then transfer it to their iPhone while ending it on the initial device automatically.
A full list of the upcoming changes and new features for Microsoft Teams is available here. Beyond the “early 2021” release date for select features, it isn’t clear when the overhaul will begin rolling out.
And while the Waze team is now busy working on CarPlay dashboard support, the engineers in charge of the Android and Android Auto experience have managed to address another big annoyance in the app.
There’s a chance you noticed this too. Occasionally, when launching Waze and setting up the navigation, the direction of travel is no longer centered but slightly tilted, despite the car icon, either the default arrow a custom model enabled from settings, actually displayed correctly.
At first glance, this seems to signal a GPS calibration problem, and some say other apps are affected as well, including Google Maps. However, recalibrating the GPS sensor doesn’t seem to fix the whole thing on the Android devices affected by this glitch.
Interestingly enough, similar problems have also been reported on the iOS version of the app, and the Waze team is reportedly investigating the whole thing already.
But for Android and Android auto users, the good news is that the issue has already been resolved in the latest beta build, so theoretically it should go live in the next stable update for Waze in the Google Play Store. The changelog indeed explains that the update resolves a glitch that displays “the car icon always facing up [but] navigation is tilted,” so theoretically, problems like the one highlighted in this screenshot shared on reddit should no longer occur anymore.
At this point, there’s no ETA as to when the next stable update for Waze could go live, but given the beta has already been released to private testers, this shouldn’t take too long. In the meantime, Waze continues to work just fine, so this slightly tilted navigation is just an annoyance that doesn’t affect the app’s functionality.
Google’s Waze platform arrived on Apple CarPlay in 2018, and now it’s about to adopt one of Apple’s latest features. It appears that Waze will soon support CarPlay’s dashboard mode.
A photo obtained by the Verge shows Waze showing its navigation interface on the CarPlay dashboard. This feature splits the “homescreen” view of CarPlay with a handful of widgets that show different bits of data. In this case, Waze shows a minimized navigation view with an ETA, view of the map, and the speed limit. Interestingly, there are no reporting features on this view.
Apparently, this feature is being tested in beta right now. Waze wouldn’t directly confirm as much, but the user who sent the image below claims to be in a private beta testing group for the Waze iOS app. Seeing as Waze didn’t confirm any details about this test, it’s unclear when the feature will roll out publicly.
Google Maps added support for the dashboard back in August.
Beyond CarPlay dashboard support, this Waze beta update also adds support for lane guidance in the iOS app, a huge upgrade for navigation especially when dealing with complex intersections. That feature was announced in September.
Unfortunately for drivers, CarPlay is one of the areas seemingly affected, as some discovered that connecting their iPhones to the head units in their cars no longer works properly.
While some complain of a glitch causing CarPlay to not even show up when the iPhone is plugged in, others claim the experience overall is broken down, as apps crash all of sudden, the screen turns black randomly, or the smartphone just disconnects every once in a while.
Most of these customers have one thing in common: they all owned another iPhone before the iPhone 12, so when they purchased the new model, they restored from a previously created backup.
If you still can’t figure out where this is going, it all comes down to the CarPlay settings which have been migrated from one device to another as part of the backup restoration process. Because of the authentication performed when a previously-paired iPhone is connected to a head unit in the car, CarPlay may no longer work properly, especially if the models we’re talking about have been released in the last few years and therefore come with more security systems in place.
So the workaround is as simple as it could be: you need to reset CarPlay settings and delete the synced profiles, both on the head unit and on the iPhone. In other words, just start from scratch with CarPlay in your vehicle. The good thing is that Apple has made the whole thing super-straightforward, so it doesn’t take more than one minute to complete the initial setup and start using CarPlay.
The refreshed 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric has been unveiled, debuting a number of key upgrades for a model that has so far sold more than 120,000 units around the world.
(In Australia, which benefits from few of the incentives offered elsewhere, Hyundai has sold 901 Kona Electrics so far.)
Today’s news follows the early 2019 Australian launch for the Kona Electric, when it followed the Ioniq as Hyundai’s second electric model – at $59,990 and with a 449-kilometre driving range.
In its updated form, the 2021 Kona Electric gets new exterior styling – building on the cosmetic changes made to the regular Kona range in September – and a number of tweaks in the cabin.
On the styling front, there’s a simplified and more slippery new look at the front end, with the sharp but relatively featureless snout giving the Kona Electric a vaguely Tesla look.
The slim, high-set daytime lights and lower driving lights remain in place, although the latter have grown bigger and with a pointier, more streamlined look – thanks in large part to the now deleted grey cladding that wrapped both ends of the car.
Changes at the rear include a new LED signature to the driving/brake lights, and a re-styled lighting and reflector unit beneath each main light.
Moving into the cabin, there’s a pair of new 10.25-inch displays – one behind the steering wheel and one in the centre of the dash. The main display carries over from the Kona Electric’s last update (replacing an 8.0-inch unit).
Upgrades to Hyundai’s SmartSense safety suite include Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA), Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA), Leading Vehicle Departure Alert (LVDA), Safe Exit Warning (SEW), and Rear Seat Alert (RSA).
These join the existing systems that include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with pedestrian and cyclist detection (FCA-Ped), Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go (SCC w/ S&G), Lane Following Assist (LFA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Intelligent Speed Limit Warning (ISLW) and Driver Attention Warning (DAW).
Passengers in the second row now also benefit from a USB port of their own, while the 2019 update’s second-row heated seats continue into the 2021 refresh.
The 2021 Kona Electric’s battery pack capacity remains at 64kWh as before but its driving range is now listed at up to 484km (WLTP) – an improvement on the 449km claimed for the current model.
Outputs are also unchanged, at 150kW and 395 kilometres. Although not confirmed, the 2021 model’s 0-100km/h time is likely identical to the 7.6 seconds listed for the current model.
Charging times are also slightly improved on the outgoing model – see our table below with 2021 and 2018 numbers.
|2021 Hyundai Kona Electric|
|DC Fast Charging (10-80%)||50kW Charger||64min|
|AC Normal Charging (10-100%)||7.2kW on-board charger||9h 15min|
|10.5kW on-board charger||6h 50min|
|2018 Hyundai Kona Electric|
|DC Fast Charging (10-80%)||50kW Charger||75min|
|AC Normal Charging (10-100%)||7.2kW on-board charger||9h 35min|
A 39.2kWh option available overseas will again not come to Australia, leaving the new MG ZS EV with no direct rival in the Hyundai stable.
The updated Hyundai Kona Electric is due in Australia sometime in the first half of 2021, with firmer timing and other details to be revealed closer to launch.
In its current form, the 2020 Hyundai Kona is priced from $60,740 before on-road costs.
See our Kona Electric news and reviews at the links below.
Borrowed from Google Maps and supposed to help drivers figure out which lane to use for their next turn, this new feature debuted on iPhone and Android earlier this year, but until recently, it wasn’t available on CarPlay.
Now it turns out that the rollout has been completed and everyone now sees lane information on CarPlay after updating Waze to the most recent version.
To be clear, the rollout of lane guidance on CarPlay started earlier this fall, and I for one have been seeing it for at least several weeks. On the other hand, the rollout apparently happened in stages and some users didn’t get the new feature.
It’s pretty clear that the experience with Waze is getting more polished on CarPlay, but while the addition of lane guidance is big news for Apple users, there’s one feature that’s still missing, and right now, it’s still nowhere to be seen even in the beta program.
It’s the CarPlay dashboard support, a feature that would allow Waze to replace Apple Maps and Google Maps on the multi-view screen, essentially allowing users to run the app side by side with other cards that display music information and calendar appointments.
Support for third-party apps in the maps card debuted in April this year when Apple finally decided to allow other apps to replace Apple Maps, but surprisingly, neither Google nor Waze has been in a rush to take advantage of this new feature.
Google eventually updated Google Maps with such functionality earlier this year, but on the other hand, Waze still needs more time to make it happen, though at one point it’s been rumored that support for the CarPlay dashboard was on the table with a late 2020 ETA.
As a result, Spotify is most often the go-to app for Android Auto and CarPlay users, which kind of makes sense given it already comes with digital assistant integration, support for both platforms, and other features that come in handy for drivers.
Spotify is currently available with a subscription based on several plans, but a free version is also offered to those who don’t mind listening to ads every once in a while and don’t have a problem with lower audio quality. But on the other hand, subscribers get the full experience, and right now, Spotify claims it has 144 million paying customers in 92 markets.
Unfortunately for some of these 144 million subscribers, the service will soon get a bit more expensive, as Spotify believes that the service has improved a lot in the majority of markets out there, and the enhanced content that it offers delivers greater value to everybody.
As a result, Spotify CEO and co-founder Daniel Ek confirmed at the company’s latest earnings call that he expects the price of the service to expand in more markets, though no specific where provided. However, Ek said that customers in those regions where the company already tested price increases are indeed willing to pay more, and this shows that Spotify has indeed increased the quality of its content.
“While it’s still early, initial results indicate that in markets where we’ve tested increased prices, our users believe that Spotify remains an exceptional value and they have shown a willingness to pay more for our service,” Ek was quoted as saying. “So as a result, you will see us further expand price increases, especially in places where we’re well-positioned against the competition and our value per hour is high,” he added.
How expensive Spotify is going to get in some countries is not yet known, but in Australia, the Family Plan cost was raised by $1 from AU $17.99 to $18.99.