Mazda Remains Committed to Introducing CarPlay But Still Won’t Say When

Toyota and Lexus today confirmed that CarPlay will be available in select 2019-and-later vehicles, making Mazda one of the only recognizable automakers—if not the only—without support for Apple’s in-car software platform in the United States.

Many of our readers commented or tweeted to ask if and when Mazda will ever support CarPlay, so we reached out to the company for an update. MacRumors received the following statement from Mazda spokesperson Jacob Brown today ensuring that it still plans to offer CarPlay… eventually.

We remain committed to introducing the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto technologies to our vehicles, designing them to interface with our MAZDA CONNECT infotainment system in a manner that promotes a focus on the driving experience. We cannot provide timing or any additional details at this time.

Mazda made a similar promise a few times last year. Last March, for example, the automaker told that CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility was in the works, and noted the software platforms would be available in both new and older-generation vehicles with its Mazda Connect system.

Mazda Connect appears to have debuted in some 2013 model year vehicles, so a wide range of Mazda vehicles should eventually support CarPlay and Android Auto if and when the company finally fulfills its promise. Of note, like Toyota, Mazda has been listed as a committed CarPlay partner on Apple’s website since 2014.

A survey last year indicated that an increasing number of customers consider CarPlay a must-have feature, so like Toyota, it may be worthwhile for Mazda to begin supporting Apple’s software platform sooner rather than later.

CarPlay is already available in hundreds of vehicle makes and models around the world, including Ford, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, BMW, MINI, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Acura, Hyundai, Kia, Subaru, Nissan, Renault, Mitsubishi, Porsche, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Volkswagen, Volvo, and many others.

As an update to Toyota’s announcement, a spokesperson said the automaker doesn’t have any plans to support CarPlay in pre-2019 vehicles at this time, even though models like the 2018 Camry and 2018 Sienna have its Entune 3.0 system.

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It looks like the Honor 8 won’t get Oreo after all

Huawei’s Honor sub-brand has been responsible for some nice pieces of hardware over the years, but the software always seems to lag behind. Just recently, the Honor 7X launched with Nougat when it should by all rights have had Oreo. Owners of the Honor 8 are also getting some bad Oreo news—they won’t see Oreo at all. At least, this is what Honor’s Indian Twitter account is telling people.

As recently as late 2017, Huawei/Honor was telling owners to hang tight as it looked into Oreo updates for the Honor 8 series.

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The Driverless Chevy Bolt From GM Won’t Let You Drive at All

No-Driving Experience

Veteran automaker General Motors have asked federal transportation authorities to allow changes in existing safety regulations so they could field an autonomous version of their Chevy Bolt, now called the Cruise AV, by 2019.

The reason for the Safety Petition? Well, if you’ve seen the Cruise AV, it’s not similar to other driverless cars currently around. This one really doesn’t want you to drive it. The Cruise AV doesn’t have any steering wheel and pedals.

In light of this unusual design, GM has filed the Safety Petition to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on January 11, to allow for 16 changes to existing traffic safety rules, including having an airbag in place of where the steering should be.

The petition is for the “first production-ready vehicle designed from the start without a steering wheel, pedals or other unnecessary manual controls,” GM president Dan Ammann told reporters, according to Reuters. Similar petitions would also be sent to local transportation authorities, but GM said that seven states already permit the changes they needed to test the Cruise AV. Still, for the Cruise AV, GM has to negotiate with states that explicitly require a licensed human driver behind the wheel.

A Safe Autonomous Revolution

Legislation to allow carmakers to test driverless vehicles on U.S. roads with less hassle — called the SELF DRIVE act — is still pending approval in the Senate, although it has already been passed by the House of Representatives.

Others question the relative ease by which autonomous vehicles get fielded or tested. On the other hand, car makers point out that the strict safety standards required to test these cars could delay progress in the field. While it might seem like GM is asking for a special treatment, they really aren’t, Ammann told The Verge. They simply want to “meet that standard in a different kind of way.”

Autonomous car manufacturers have been rather busy the past year with numerous tests of their driverless technologies. GM is among them, having received approval from New York state officials, as well as a public demonstration of the Cruise AV back on November 2017.

GM, which is the first company to mass produce autonomous vehicles, presumably in preparation for a 2019 test of their driverless fleet, has also been testing a ride-sharing app for their driverless cars.

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LG won’t launch smartphones on regular basis, says will do it when needed

In what looks like a step aimed at bringing its money-losing smartphone division back to profit, LG has announced that it’s moving away from the regular smartphone launch strategy they’ve been following for years. The company said phones will be released only when needed. “We will unveil new smartphones when it is needed. But we will not launch it just because other rivals do,” said LG Electronics Vice Chairman Cho Sung-jin. He made the comment during a press conference at CES in Las Vegas while responding to a query on when the G7 will be released. The executive further added that… – Latest articles

Matias is building the wired Mac keyboards that Apple won’t

Apple discontinued its wired Mac keyboard back in June when it introduced a new version of its wireless Magic Keyboard with a number pad, but a company called Matias is trying to keep the wired version alive with its own replica versions. And this year at CES 2018, the company is looking to one-up Apple’s now discontinued version with a new model that features RGB backlighting.

Matias’ keyboards look and feel almost exactly like Apple’s versions — the keys, design, and materials are all near replicas of the original models. The only real addition is a slider on the back which allows users to rotate through a variety of colors and a function key that lets you adjust brightness by holding it down and pressing a number on the keypad (for…

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