How! If you want to make calls, use Maps, listen to Music and access messages in your car, Apple has integrated iPhone with your car, by announcing the official arrival of CarPlay. This feature make its way to existing iOS 7 devices in the form of an update. Although, it will only the latest iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5 – suppprted as this feature requires Lightning-enabled devices.
Officially, Apple today announced it CarPlay iOS integration feature at the Geneva International Motor Show, which allow an iPhone to take over the in-dash display of a car, providing Siri voice controlled access to aspects such as navigation, phone functions, iMessages, and music, altogether.
It’s simple as its launched. Once a Lightning-enabled iPhone connected, the feature can be summoned and controlled on compatible cars through Siri Voice control, a touchscreen, and on-board buttons. Users from there will be able to access various iOS Apps such as Maps, Phon calls, Messages, Podcasts, and Music.
Notably, third party apps such as Beats Radio, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and Stitcher are also supported with this CarPlay iPhone integration, with Apple promising compatibility with more apps soon…..
More off it features all the essential features required for a car and is based primarily on Siri voice commands which will read out texts/voicemails, answer calls or revert back to missed calls etc. Maps is one of the core features of this setup and will provide voice assisted navigation whenever required.
CarPlay will be accessible this week with vehicles from manufacturers such as Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo ad with a variety of car manufacturers have teamed up with Apple to bring this on their cars including the likes of BMW, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia Motors, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan Motor Company, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota Motor Corp will receive the update later.
The VP of iPhone and iOS Product Marketing at Apple, Greg Joswiak said:
“CarPlay has been designed from the ground up to provide drivers with an incredible experience using their iPhone in the car,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS Product Marketing. “iPhone users always want their content at their fingertips and CarPlay lets drivers use their iPhone in the car with minimized distraction. We have an amazing lineup of auto partners rolling out CarPlay, and we’re thrilled it will make its debut this week in Geneva.”
Check this video of the feature that surfaced last month, and showed support for multiple resolutions of external displays, touch input and hardware controls, and voice input.
Finally, CarPlay will be available as an update to iOS 7 and works with Lighting-enabled iPhones including the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5. Stay tuned!
[Apple Press Release]