Apple CarPlay brings the iPhone experience to a car's dashboard
Apple have unveiled their latest innovation called CarPlay, which enables users to hookup their iPhone to their vehicle's native interface. It's 'Coming Soon' to the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C and iPhone 5 and will be compatible with a host of new cars launching in the next year.
“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.
With Apple CarPlay users can playback music from iTunes, take calls, use Apple Maps and it's even compatible with select third-party applications, including Spotify and iHeartRadio.
Everything is outputted on a car's native display and its touch-screen (if present) can be used to navigate through the menus. If the car doesn't have a touch-screen display then users will still have the option of using the vehicles 'Knobs and Controls', or taking advantage of hands-free voice control via Siri.
Siri is a major part of CarPlay and "provides an eyes-free experience by responding to requests through voice commands, by reading drivers’ messages and letting them dictate responses or simply make a call". It also works closely with Apple Maps, with users able to ask for directions and get turn-by-turn spoken directions dictated by Siri - leaving your hands and eyes fully focused on driving safely.
CarPlay will be available in model from Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo in 2014. While, it's also coming to future models from BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Kia, Land Rover, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot Citroen, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota.