New York registered CarPlay.com domain name in 2000.
Nearly 14 years ago New Yorker Thomas Fitzgibbon registered the domain name CarPlay.com.
“I just thought cars are going to be automated in the future, and we’re getting to the point where that’s happening today,” he explained to Domain Name Wire. “I figured people would be playing games in and around their cars.”
Fitzgibbon was surprised to wake up to the news last week that Apple was launching a new product called CarPlay. Apple CarPlay integrates the iPhone in the car’s built-in display.
Fitzgibbon isn’t a domain investor, but his company develops websites for clients. He has registered a handful of domain names over the years with plans for future use.
Will Apple’s use of the CarPlay name allow Fitzgibbon to cash in? He may be holding a winning lottery ticket, but Apple isn’t always willing to pay an unlimited amount for domain names. While it did acquire the iPhone.com domain name, it still doesn’t own iPad.com.