Animation can offer a layer of additional visual context to the content that appears onscreen. When used appropriately, animation can convey status, provide feedback, enhance the sense of direct manipulation, and help users visualize the results of their actions.

Use animation judiciously. Don’t use animation for the sake of using animation. Excessive or gratuitous animation is distracting.

Strive for realism and credibility. People tend to accept artistic license, but they can feel disoriented when movement doesn’t make sense or appears to defy physical laws.

Use consistent animation. Users are accustomed to the subtle animation used throughout CarPlay, including smooth transitions and physics-based scrolling. Custom animation should be comparable to the built-in animations.

Make animations optional. When the option to reduce motion is enabled in accessibility preferences on the connected iPhone, your app should minimize or eliminate application animations.