Apple's CarPlay service, which effectively brings a comfortable extension of iOS to the automobile, may see a much more accelerated rate of adoption than previously anticipated.

On Thursday, MMi was privy to details from a new ABI Research report which attaches some numbers to the lofty but previously unspecific expectations we have been hearing about CarPlay adoption.

In response to the impressive list of automobile manufacturers now supporting CarPlay, ABI Research forecasts that in 2019 over 24 million new cars will be fitted with CarPlay.

"As well as CarPlay," the report summary reads, "ABI Research believes that the uptake of MirrorLink will also be fairly significant but predicts that more cars will be fitted with CarPlay. In addition to CarPlay, earlier this year Google also announced it would start an Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) and its standard will be known as 'Android Auto.'"

Ford, BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Jaguar/Land Rover, Toyota, Nissan, and Volvo are already among those who have pledged to support CarPlay with many more expected to follow next year and beyond.

Source: ABI Research