Apple announce CarPlay: iOS on your Dashboard
Apple has confirmed the roll-out of CarPlay, a new interface system for iPhone users that will integrate the device more fully with supported motors.
The announcement was made at the Geneva International Motor Show and will allow users to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages using Siri or touch controls.
At launch there will be support with cars from Ferrari, Mercedes and Volvo but, down the road (pun probably intentional), vehicles from the likes of BMW, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan, Peugeot Citroën, Subaru and Toyota will also feature the new interface.
Apple says the system has been designed from, “the ground up,” to provide drivers with a seamless experience using their iPhone in the car.
Where now, Siri?
Users will be able to control CarPlay from the car’s native interface or just push-and-hold the voice control button on the steering wheel to activate Siri. Siri will then be able to help you access your contacts, make calls, return missed calls or listen to voicemails.
When incoming messages or notifications arrive, Siri provides an ‘eyes-free’ experience by responding to requests through voice commands, by reading drivers’ messages and letting them dictate responses or make a call.
Map integration includes features such as being able to anticipate destinations based on recent trips via contacts, emails or texts, and provides routing instructions, traffic conditions and an ETA. Siri will also be able to provide spoken turn-by-turn directions, along with Maps, which will appear on your car’s built-in display.
As well as iTunes and iTunes Radio integration, CarPlay also supports select third-party audio apps including Spotify and iHeartRadio.
Apple CarPlay is available as an update to iOS 7 and works with Lightning-enabled iPhones, including iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5.
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