Here's how third-party apps integrate with CarPlay

We now have a better idea about how third-party apps work with Apple's CarPlay. So far, Apple has been fairly selective with app partners so far, with only Spotify, Beats Music, Stitcher, and iHeartRadio announced so far. Donald Lakamp, president of Digital for iHeartRadio-owner Clear Channel, says that CarPlay integration is something added to an existing app, rather than built separately for CarPlay. Additionally, adding CarPlay support to an app can be done fairly quickly, according to Fast Company

“Without giving specific dates, it was fairly quick for us,” Lakamp says. “Apple has done a good job of doing what you need to do in a car. I can tell you that we spend a lot of time on our custom integrations thinking about how you keep an experience highly functional, but highly simple--because driver distraction is something that you really need to think about--and how you take the core of a product and can convey it as safely and simply as possible.”

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Source: Fast Company

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