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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.


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.

iOS in the car

iOS in the car to launch with Ferreri, Volvo and Mercedes

Last year when iOS 7 was announced, apple spoke about iOS in the car, a concept where an In Car Entertainment system could interface and control features of iOS such as maps or music playing through the car stereo, essentially a wireless upgrade to the current “Audio over Bluetooth” system many car manufacturers include on their higher end models.


iOS in the car

The announcement does not mention any particular model of car by name, however it does hint at new upcoming models of cars having the system included from the factory. The system claims to be able to enable drivers to use Apple Maps for navigation on the car’s in-dash screen, as well as watch movies, listen to music, make calls and send text messages through the system with full Siri integration.

The technology group will next week launch its first in-car operating system with Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo as it attempts to take the lead in a fierce race to dominate tomorrow’s smart cars.

The deal marks the first time that Apple is embedding its software in devices other than its own branded products. The choice of the Ferrari, Volvo and Mercedes-Benz is seen to be in keeping with the US tech group’s high-end phones.

It had been previously announced at apple’s WWDC keynote last year they where working with a number of partners including Honda, Nissan, Chevrolet, Hyundai, and more, in addition to Ferrari, Volvo and Mercedes, so which ones surface first and which ones follow afterwards is yet to be seen however I think we have three clear forerunners with this latest announcement.

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Rumour has it that this will be officially announced at the Geneva MotorShow next week this is not confirmed however but we will do our best to keep you updated on any news to come out of the show.

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