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Microsoft announces Windows in the car

Microsoft has announced today that they are launching “Windows in the Car” as a competitor to apple’s Car Play. Microsoft is no stranger to in car entertainment systems and has been powering a number of manufacturers systems for years. But now, Microsoft is starting to look in creating its own solution, based on Windows Phone however with a lot of similarities to CarPlay.

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This announcement comes not long after Microsoft have also announced a competitor to Siri, making me think that Microsoft are ramping up the competition before apple’s latest product launch with the iPhone 5s this summer.

 

The system is currently still in the theory stage however the fact that Microsoft is thinking about going into direct competition with apple means they must be confident about its potential as a competitor to CarPlay.

The plans for the system currently mean that the car’s touch screen display would mirror the display of your smartphone, allowing it to display Maps, Texts and Caller ID in the same manner it would on your windows phone, hopefully just without the blue screens we are used to!

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Pioneer working on aftermarket CarPlay units

Pioneer, a company that builds in-car entertainment systems, is said to be looking into the possibility of creating CarPlay compatible products. The news comes courtesy of a Pioneer customer service representative.

The car play system announced earlier this year is said to allow an in car touch screen to take over the functions of your phone display, meaning you can get directions, answer calls and send text messages using your in car screen.

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While the service initially launched solely in new cars from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo, it appears CarPlay could now be introduced into any existing vehicles through a Pioneer head unit, which could also offer after market navigation from google maps or apple maps and audio systems for cars using your iTunes library!

Mercedes-Benz, one of Apple’s official CarPlay partners, has also indicated that it is working on after market installations, but Pioneer’s potential solution is even more promising as it would be available in a wider range of existing vehicles.

Volvo has published a video featuring CarPlay

volvo_carplayFollowing on from this mornings announcement that CarPlay will be available soon in a car near you, Volvo have created a press release and published their own promotional video which can bee seen below. Ferreri and Mercedes Benz are also flagship manufacturers however neither have yet to make comment officially on their progress with CarPlay.

Volvo themselves have taken things a step further with their upcoming XC90 by truly integrating the features of your usual in car touch screen and the new CarPlay features as overlays on top of each other when the device is in use, this is better shown in the video where you can see what song is playing, then by simply touching a button control your air conditioning without leaving the previous screen.

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From the video it is clear that Apple Maps are going to become available to use with turn-by-turn navigation in the car, presumable using a voice over feature if the radio or iPod is in use. Other apps features where H.264 Video playback, Music, Messaging, Handsfree Calling and much more interesting things like Spotify. This means that at some point there may be an open forum where app developers can integrate all kinds of things with CarPlay.

iPhone users will feel completely at home in a new Volvo. We have created a wholly-integrated user experience in our large portrait-oriented touch screen that takes the in-car mobile device experience to a new level. That, coupled with the obvious driver safety benefits of an advanced voice control system like Siri, made Apple a perfect match for Volvo – Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of the Volvo Car Group

Volvo’s press release also makes clear that while the initial release of CarPlay requires your phone to be physically connected using the Lightning connector and presumable a cradle, wireless connectivity will be “coming in the near future”

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CarPlay launched at the Geneva Motor Show

As we predicted apple launched CarPlay, its integration between in car entertainment systems and the iPhone today at the Geneva International Motor Show. The integration was described as allowing an iPhone to take over the in-dash display of a car, providing Siri voice controlled access to aspects such as navigation, phone functions, messages, and music.

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Once a Lightning-enabled iPhone is connected, CarPlay can be controlled on compatible cars through Siri voice control and the cars built in touchscreen with on-board iOS style buttons. From there, users are able to access various iOS apps such as Maps, Phone, Messages, Podcasts, and Music. Is was also noted that third party apps such as Beats Radio, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and Stitcher are also supported, with Apple promising compatibility with more apps soon.

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CarPlay is being launched with vehicles from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo, while other manufacturers such as BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota will receive the update later.

CarPlay has been designed from the ground up to provide drivers with an incredible experience using their iPhone in the car, 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.

This feature was originally named “iOS in the Car” when it was announced at last years Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) by Apple. CarPlay will be available as an update to iOS 7 and works with Lighting-enabled iPhones which means currently it is limited to the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.

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