Apple on May 30 posted a job listing that hints at the possibility of CarPlay coming to China. The listing is specifically seeking out a “Car Experience Partner Engineer” based in China which could help Apple target local customers and provide features tailored to Chinese consumers.
Apple posts job for “Car Experience Partner Engineer”, indicating CarPlay could be coming to China
At its WWDC 22 keynote, Apple unveiled the next generation of CarPlay. The updated app will be able to display content for multiple screens in an automobile, there are also new fueling and driving tasks apps, and more. The tech giant revealed that the first automobiles that will feature the new CarPlay will not be announced until the end of 2023 so the updated technology will likely become available in 2024 or 2025.
The Car Experience team is looking for a hardworking, highly motivated applications engineer to provide integration support to automotive partners, and to assist developers in completing system certification with Apple. This is a hybrid role between technical engineering and program managing – you will be responsible to provide technical design and development guidance, to handle certification records across the Car Experience programs (inc. CarPlay, car keys in Wallet) and to facilitate communication between Apple and global automotive industry engineering. The location could in Shanghai , Shenzhen or Beijing.
Apple is looking for candidates who have experience with technical projects in automotive systems development. The role will also involve providing technical support and guidance to developers in creating apps and services. The listing does not specify how many engineers Apple is looking to hire.
The listing suggests Apple is looking to expand CarPlay to the Chinese automotive market. The current version of CarPlau is available in more than 98% of new cars in the United States and companies including Audi, Ford, and Mercedes-Benz are expected to adopt the updated version.