Apple Brings iOS to Cars with CarPlay

By Jeremy Del Nero on 3 March 2014
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Using Apple CarPlay at the Geneva Motor Show

Using Apple CarPlay at the Geneva Motor Show

Apple announced CarPlay at the Geneva Auto Show on Monday. Carplay is an in-vehicle touch-based display interface that functions as an extension of a driver’s iPhone.

By connecting an iPhone to the vehicle’s display via a USB cable, drivers can natively access Apple’s maps for navigation, music apps, and make calls or send messages.  Drivers can also access Siri via a voice control button on the steering wheel to control iPhones hands-free, including sending and receiving calls and texts.

Carplay is premiering this week in select Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo automobiles.  Other automakers, including BMW, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Kia, Nissan, and Toyota, have plans to offer the service in the near future.

Users of Lightning-enabled iPhones, including the 5, 5s, and 5c models, will be able to enable CarPlay by installing an iOS 7 update.  While the service will initially require a cable to establish the link, Volvo’s press release hinted that a Wi-Fi-based connection will be “coming in the near future.”

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