News by Andrew Kameka on Monday March 03, 2014.
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Apple today announced that iOS in the Car, the platform that links smartphones and in-car infotainment system, is now CarPlay. The company also revealed that several automobiles will launch with the system later this year.
CarPlay is being shown at the Geneva International Motor Show, so Apple has provided an update on the new branding and revealed that Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo will debut how it works in their new models. An additional 14 auto groups have signed on eventually support CarPlay, but the three aforementioned manufacturers are the first to exhibit the platform ahead of the expected launch of select models running the system later this year.
Apple CarPlay works on devices running iOS 7 and using a lightning connector, which so far means the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5c are compatible. It integrates the phone and infotainment setup to support voice commands or tapping large buttons to get to common applications. To limit distractions when searching for audio, it can use the larger control systems to skip songs or launch Spotify and iHeartRadio, or queue up podcasts and audiobooks. Apple Maps offer turn-by-turn directions that appear in the car's display, and Siri, available by pressing a button on the steering wheel, can support hands-free calling, voicemails, and messaging.
Other companies that plan to eventually support CarPlay include BMW Group, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia Motors, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan Motor Company, PSA Peugeot CitroŽn, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota Motor Corp.source: Apple
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