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Apple CarPlay brings the iOS experience to your car dashboard

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 03 Mar 2014 20:12 User comments (8)

Apple CarPlay brings the iOS experience to your car dashboard This morning, Apple announced the launch of CarPlay, bringing the iOS experience to automobiles starting in 2014.
iPhone 5, 5C and 5S users can use CarPlay to control phone calls, use Maps, play their music, and have messages dictated to them. When released, cars will have a native CarPlay interface or you can choose to activate Siri from a new voice control button on the steering wheel.

"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."

The software/hardware will debut this week in cars from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo. Later in the year, it will be available in Honda, Jaguar and Hyundai models. Next year, that selection increases significantly to include BMW, Ford, General Motors, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, PSA Peugeot Citron, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota.

Besides the phone call and message management, one interesting feature is the integration with Apple Maps. Apple says "CarPlay makes driving directions more intuitive by working with Maps to anticipate destinations based on recent trips via contacts, emails or texts, and provides routing instructions, traffic conditions and ETA." Siri will also provide turn-by-turn instructions.

Finally, CarPlay will work with third-party apps like Spotify, Beats and iHeartRadio besides the normal iTunes Radio and iTunes Music. You can control what you are listening to with touch or using Siri to search for what you want to hear.




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8 user comments

13.3.2014 23:23

Boy, wait till hearme0 sees this one. Let the anti apple rants begin.

24.3.2014 0:04

I could care less about this unless they will have this option added onto aftermarket radios.

I never keep the stock OEM radio in my car, I always upgrade and install a new radio myself for multiple reasons.

35.3.2014 7:54

wow, how innovative.


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45.3.2014 14:32

@ Mightyzog

Haha.


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55.3.2014 15:54

There's Android versions on the way, as well, so the actuasl discussion should be: Is this a good idea? And I think it might be.

I personally prefer Android over iOS, but regardless, an OS that unifies car controls across many models and manufacturers is a good idea, ASSUMING you provide better security than most extant iOS or Android devices. Someone hacking your phone/tablet can be a serious pain in the ass, but someone hacking your CAR can be deadly!

That said, simplifying and unifying a car's various controls and adding the possibility of customizing them, including installing additional apps, is a potentially compelling idea.

65.3.2014 22:12

But, hang on... it's only optional right? You could pick between the iOS or Android version? ... You can't?

I'm not sure I'd like it if it was forced on me Boz.


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75.3.2014 22:18

Then install an aftermarket device; you still can. It's not like you'll get less control than you have NOW, right?

85.3.2014 22:20

Yeah haha.





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