General Motors to phase out Apple CarPlay starting this year in EV transition

For EVs only, but I don't get why you would do this. No one needs another device to sign in to for their media consumption.

Maybe this is in response to Apple's own plans to use CarPlay to take over the not only the infotainment system but to become the car's interface. I don't see how that plays out positively for Apple. Why would manufacturers give their data away to Apple? CarPlay is currently pretty good. Instrument clusters are being digitised, they're not always great, but that feels like something that should be up to the car to deal with and not your phone.

More on the topic from John Gruber.

I'll go out on a limb here and say this is a less of a setback for Apple than it is a setback for GM, whose decision makers seem to be utter dolts.

Posted 4th Apr 2023 @ 15:12

How autonomous vehicles "see" the world around them

Interesting infographic from Axios showing the various sensors cars have and how the club together to create autonomy.

We have some of these on our our newest cars and I can say with certainty that even with them, cars are dumb. I wouldn't trust any car enough to just let it drive on its own.

Biggest issue I run into with the automation available:

  • overly sensitive, which can make you overly aware of the surroundings but not necessarily the right part
  • inconsistent with distance detection, if there's a variation in the road or the pavement when parking then you need to be focusing 100% on the task the car is performing
  • collision detection makes a lot of assumptions, we sometimes hear it beep as the car in front turns while we continue forward and there was never a risk of collision but the car didn't know the one in front was turning

It's a lot of fun to make the car park itself but you have to pay so much attention that it's almost not worth it.

Posted 30th Mar 2023 @ 10:54

NBA app now shows live scores on iPhone's lock screen and Dynamic Island

I get these live activities via the app FotMob but they can only be activated by accessing the app within an hour of the match. Perhaps that's an API limitation, but I thought the whole reason for this was so that the information was there when you needed it, not when you remembered that you needed it.

Anyway, nice to see an entire league take on the responsibility for this. I hope the Premier League do the same eventually. The sooner the better.

Posted 21st Mar 2023 @ 19:44

Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom Lego set

Might watch Indiana Jones before moving on to The Goonies with the kids.

Posted 21st Mar 2023 @ 17:53

iPhone 15 Pro leak reveals unified volume button and mute button

A unified button, which I assume will rock, sounds good and hopefully it's pronounced enough to be nice and tactile but a mute button sounds awful.

The toggle is really satisfying to use and near impossible to toggle by accident. The only time I ever have an issue with it is if I remove the case. The orange colour for the muted position is also iconic, to me at least. It's a nod way back to the iPod era and it just looks great.

Posted 20th Mar 2023 @ 16:12

Honest Trailer for The Goonies

I watched this and laughed along and now I can't wait to watch The Goonies with my kids.

Posted 16th Mar 2023 @ 11:08

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