Apple recruits for CarPlay and CarKey in China

After showing its future intentions for the new version of CarPlay at WWDC 2022, Apple is now recruiting engineers in China to help local automakers adopt the new in-car experience. This would be a first for a Chinese brand.

A breakthrough for CarPlay in China

At WWDC22, after iOS 16 and macOS 13 in particular, Apple presented a brand new CarPlay experience that it will start offering to vehicles at the end of 2023. This vision implies that CarPlay is not limited to a single screen of infotainment, but either deeper integration into the car’s dashboard requiring more effort from automakers.

To deepen its collaboration with automakers, China Daily reports that Apple on May 30 posted a job offer for an “automotive experience partner engineer” based in Beijing, Shanghai or Shenzhen, to join the existing automotive experience team.

This hybrid role is for an Applications Engineer who is expected to provide “integration support to automotive partners and help developers complete systems certification with Apple.” In addition to taking care of certification files for the various programs Car Experience from Apple, such as CarPlay and CarKey, the employee is expected to act as a communicator between Apple and “the automotive industry’s global engineering.”

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The timing of the job posting suggests that the position is intended to help Apple implement its vision for CarPlay 2.0 with local automakers, which may be a more involved task than currently for auto companies.

The new version of CarPlay will allow it to drive everything, including the entire dashboard and the driver’s dashboard. In addition to the normal CarPlay functions, the system would handle, for example, the speed display and the fuel level, and would manage other on-board systems that are not usually managed by an infotainment system.

Apple insists that the first vehicles using the new CarPlay experience will be announced at the end of 2023, with drivers riding it from 2024. So far, Audi, Porsche, Renault, Ford, Acura, Honda, Volvo , Land Rover and Nissan have joined the project, but Tesla and BMW will apparently not be part of it. This is not surprising for Tesla, a little more for BMW which had inaugurated CarKey.

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