I’m in Illinois for Macstock this weekend and the car I rented for a day to visit some relatives in northern Illinois came equipped with CarPlay. Honestly I haven’t paid a whole lot of attention to CarPlay (since I haven’t been shopping for a new car since I was introduced). This is my first experience with it and I came away fairly impressed. The navigation features were much better than Audi’s built-in nav system and using an iOS interface on the vehicle’s big built-in screen is better (and probably safer) than the iPhone mount I use in my car. I’ll definitely be looking for CarPlay capability next time I’m in the market for a replacement vehicle.
Given how good of an impression it makes when you actually have a chance to use it, it seems like Apple should be pushing to get CarPlay into as many rental cars as possible. Has anyone else gotten interested in CarPlay after encountering it in a rental?