I finally haz the CarPlay

…but not quite in the way I wanted.


As I mentioned previously my CarPlay update to my Ora didn’t go to plan… As I write this the Ora is still with the dealer and I have a courtesy car, a petrol Nissan Juke.

I needed to charge my iPhone, I haven’t needed to do that in the car since I was provided with it. In the Ora I use wireless charging, so rarely use a cable. However, wanting to charge the phone, I plugged it in. The Nissan noticed it and asked if I wanted CarPlay!

Well I wasn’t going to say no was I.

First impressions are very favourable. Waze is so much better than the built-in navigation on the Juke (and the Ora Funky Cat). I like how I can access my music, both from the phone, but also from Amazon Music.

Slightly disappointed by the lack of apps that are available through the interface, but certainly am pleased to finally “have a go”.

Didn’t quite work out…

Well the CarPlay update to my Ora didn’t go to plan…

The dealer had the car for the whole day, but didn’t start the update until close to the end of the day. The update failed, so they needed to keep the Funky Cat to try again. Alas it was a bank holiday and I was working away in London this week. So the plan is to pick up the car on Friday.

In the meantime I had a courtesy car, a Nissan Juke. After spending ten months driving the Funky Cat, it was quite disconcerting to go back to a manual petrol car.

CarPlay is here…

This morning I got an email from Ora.

Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are here. Get directions, listen to your music, send and receive messages and chat to your new voice assistant (just don’t tell Hello ORA).

After waiting for a fair while, Apple CarPlay is now available for my Ora Funky Cat. I have booked my car in for the update with my local dealer.

CarPlay is a smarter, safer way to use your iPhone while you drive. You can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and enjoy your favourite music. All on your car’s built‑in display. And CarPlay now features more app categories and custom wallpapers for your CarPlay Dashboard.

I have been wanting CarPlay for the Funky Cat for a while now, so that I can use Waze and also access Music (and Podcasts) on my phone through the car.

Chatting with the Dealer

Had a chat with a dealer today about the Ora Funky Cat.  They actually had some Ora people in providing some information.

The long range version of the Funky Cat and the GT version are coming to the UK soon.

As we know CarPlay is on its way. However, he did give me this info, which was that CarPlay works 99% of the time.  However sometimes it causes the display to go black. This though also causes the driver dashboard to go black as well. It’s this reason why they have delayed the release.

Also said this would be a dealer update and not an OTA update.

Also, the new Lightning Cat or Big Cat (the next Ora) will be available next year but they currently have models in Birmingham undergoing testing.