Following hot on the heels of Google’s various motoring manufacturer tie ups at CES, Cupertino has outed Apple CarPlay, promising improved syncing, better integration and easier access to all of your iPhone smarts while you’re behind the wheel
CarPlay will be first made available for upcoming 2014 models from Ferrari, Mercedes and Volvo, while 13 other manufacturers are expected to follow suit in the future (BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot Citroen, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota).
The new system promises to make maps, music and calls more accessible over the car’s native interface by letting drivers launch services using Siri voice control from the single push of a button on the steering wheel. Otherwise, CarPlay integrates nicely with the car’s touchscreen display should it have one, or with the various buttons and nobs controlling the infotainment system.
Carplay: How it works
So far, you need a lightning-port iDevice to be able to benefit from a CarPlay-endowed car. That and an upcoming iOS 7 update. So you hook your iPhone 5, 5s or 5c via USB and presto, your iPhone is now integrated with your automobile.
You’ll be able to answer calls, select tracks and enter new destinations all via voice. The music integration will also work with services like Spotify.
T3 is out at the Geneva Motor Show and we’ll bring you our first look from the show as soon as we’ve had a chance to get hands on, or eyes off.