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The First Carplay App From a Major Car Maker

New mobility paradigm

Modern society is gradually switching to a non-ownership concept of the car, encouraging other ways of mobility. The key is to give the users a solution aligned with their digital lifestyle. The car must be a channel to connect the user with its context.

Working with one of the most important European automakers, we’ve developed the first app in the automotive industry supported by CarPlay. The app allows customers to access full vehicle status data, offering a complete new driving experience.


We’ve developed the first app in the automotive industry supported by CarPlay.

In the automotive market, the IoT is driving the revolution. Tech companies will play an important role in an industry going through a major transformation. Connected car technology will have a profound impact in road safety, traffic management and sustainability.

Become part of the car behavior

Opentrends helped building up the brand’s strategy to face the new connected car scenario. As a first step on this strategy, our teams worked successfully to define a roadmap of smartphone integration portfolio for the brand’s objectives, without losing the long-term strategy view based on other types of technologies and new actors in the ecosystem.

In parallel to the exponential growing of electronic internal complexity, IT systems and developments have been becoming a part of the car behavior itself. There are two major approaches, both can coexist and both cover different needs and requirements: in-the-car and into-the-car.

The entire car is the interface

We brought the required technical framework to implement the new services in-the-car and into-the-car. We work closely with the existing automotive brand on the maintenance and evolution of the current products. Opentrends became key for the iteration, and pivoting of the implemented ideas for the near future launches and helped the brand continue building and consolidating a long-term strategy. We implement the best technology and add creativity to it.

The most important features are: MyCar (consult every car consumption), Car Status (always aware of any warning message) and the Interactive Manual (use the driver's manual accessible from the app).

Contextual Empathy

"Converting the car in a non-isolated product, brings a complete new range of opportunities and challenges to take advantage of the data generated by its sensors, or by the actions that can be requested to the car."

Our deep expertise in each development phase was key for the Brand’s successful launch. In the product thinking process, it's always necessary to bear in mind attraction versus distraction, also, relevant information to show.

"A driver has far less time to digest information, so the selection of it must be carefully considered."

"Safety is a major consideration which makes designing for the car unique to other user interfaces. It means understanding and designing for a specific situation. Thus, it demands fresh thinking and design, from both a UX and UI perspective."