After showcasing its future plans for CarPlay at WWDC 2022, Apple is now hiring an engineer in China to assist local car manufacturers in adopting the new in-car experience.
During this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple debuted an all-new CarPlay experience that the company will begin rolling out to vehicles toward the end of 2023. The concept calls for delivering CarPlay to more than one infotainment screen, with greater integration in the dashboard of the vehicle requiring more work from automobile makers.
A “Car Experience Partner Engineer” situated in Beijing, Shanghai, or Shenzhen is being sought by Apple to join the company’s Car Experience team, which already includes a number of engineers working with carmakers.
It is envisaged that an applications engineer in the hybrid role provides “integration support to automotive partners, and assistance to developers in completing system certification with Apple.” Apple’s Car Experience programs, such as CarPlay and the CarKey API, necessitate the employee’s role as a liaison between Apple and “global automotive industry engineering.”
The timing of the job ad indicates that the role is meant to help Apple implement its CarPlay vision with local car manufacturers, which can be a more involved undertaking than at present for automotive companies.
This means CarPlay’s influence will spread throughout the dashboard and even into the driver’s instrument panel, as the technology continues to develop. In addition to the usual CarPlay tasks, it would also handle other forms of data from the car, including speed and fuel levels, and manage other in-car systems not generally handled by an infotainment system.
Apple says its first CarPlay-compatible automobiles will be unveiled in late 2023, and drivers will be able to start using them in 2024. So far, Ford, Acura, Honda, Volvo, Land Rover, and Nissan have agreed to participate in the project, but Tesla and BMW appear to be the only ones who will not.