From Gurman's "Apple’s Plan for Cars: Using IPhone to Control A/C, Seats, Radio" posted Thursday by Bloomberg News:
Apple Inc., whose CarPlay interface is used by millions of motorists to control music, get directions and make phone calls, is looking to expand its reach within cars.
The company is working on technology that would access functions like the climate-control system, speedometer, radio and seats, according to people with knowledge of the effort. The initiative, known as “IronHeart” internally, is still in its early stages and would require the cooperation of automakers.
The work underscores the idea that cars could be a major moneymaker for the tech giant -- even without selling a vehicle itself. While plans for an Apple car have faced setbacks, including the defection of key executives this year, the company has continued to make inroads with CarPlay. It lets customers link up their iPhones with a vehicle to handle so-called infotainment features. Seven years after its launch, CarPlay is now offered by most major automakers.
IronHeart would take CarPlay a step further. The iPhone-based system could access a range of controls, sensors and settings, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the project is secret.
- inside and outside temperature and humidity readings
- temperature zones, fans and the defroster systems
- settings for adjusting surround-sound speakers, equalizers, tweeters, subwoofers, and the fade and balance
- seats and armrests
- the speedometer, tachometer and fuel instrument clusters
My take: This is work Apple software engineers would have to do anyway, I guess.