Apple Brings iOS to Cars with CarPlay
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.”