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Apple Carplay integrates iPhone in to cars: Geneva Motor Show

Mon, 03 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Apple CarPlay arrives to take over your car’s Infotainment

Apple’s bid to take a major slice of the Automotive integration with Smartphones market moves on with the arrival of Apple CarPlay at the Geneva Motor Show this week It looks like Apple have stolen a march on Android with deep integration in to the Infotainment systems of a number of car makers – with more to come – as the lines start to be blurred between Smartphones and car systems.

CarPlay lets drivers with the right phone – iPhone 5 or better – access messages, play music, use Apple Maps and make calls, all hands-free and using Siri commands.

Functionality with the right make of car – starting with Ferrari, Mercedes and Volvo but reaching out in to Jaguar Land Rover, BMW, Hyundai Kia, Honda, PSA, Toyota, Ford and more before long – means you’ll be able to do much of what you can already do on your iPhone but do it through your car’s Infotainment interface with familiar commands and screen layouts.

You’ll also be able to use selected Apps – like iTunes Radio and Spotify – on the car system using your iPhone using either on-screen commands or Siri voice control.

It’s an inevitable move as Smartphones get smarter and car-based stuff dates too easily; the integration with car Infotainment systems makes a Smartphone even more indispensable and allows car makers to keep their systems up to date.

The CarPlay system will be available as a software upgrade on iPhone 5 and later.


By Cars UK