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Apple to bring CarPlay Software to Cars this Year

Posted by: Julie Piatek

Apple announced the new Carplay software at the Geneva Motor Show this past week.  Carplay is essentially iOS in the car; it converts the vehicles in-car entertainment system into an iOS-powered dashboard, and turns cars into app-enabled iPhone accessories.

Carplay takes advantage of Siri, and will respond to requests through voice commands by reading drivers’ messages aloud and letting them deciding if they would like to apply via text message, or call the person. It includes a console touch screen, along with buttons on the steering wheel.  The Maps app will also be available allowing drivers to get directions read to them while driving.

Apple said that Carplay will also work with a number of music services from third-parties including iHeart Radio, Beats Radio, Spotify, and Stitcher. 

Ferrari touts that Carplay is a “smarter, safer, and more fun way to use your iPhone in the car.”

Carplay is only compatible with iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5S. Ferrari, Mercedes Benz, and Volvo announced that they will begin shipping CarPlay-enabled vehicles this week.  Later in the year Carplay will expand to Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Kia, Land Rover, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Suzuki, and Toyota.

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