Xpeng Inc XPEV chairman and CEO He xiaopeng believes apple inc‘s AAPL CarPlay is a good solution for the current generation of cars, but not for the next generation of smart cars, CnEVpost reported on Wednesday, citing the executive’s social media post.
What happened: Apple is expanding the CarPlay service to deeply integrate it with a vehicle’s hardware.
Xiaopeng said the CarPlay update would benefit iPhone users in terms of experience, adding that “some car companies” also had similar views.
The executive did not name names, but had suggested local rivals such as Nio Inc NIO and others, the report said.
Also see: Apple Reinvents CarPlay: Here’s How It Will Change Driver Experience
Why it matters: Apple revealed on Monday that it is making significant changes to its CarPlay software that will greatly enhance its capabilities, including access to real-time vehicle-related features such as temperature control, speed, fuel level and more.
The tech giant said it is reinventing its CarPlay offering and is in talks with at least 14 automakers, including Ford Motor Co f and others.
Apple said more than 98% of cars in the US have Apple CarPlay and 79% of buyers would only consider a car that works with the feature.
Price promotion: Nio closed 2.6% higher at $19.65 on Tuesday.