News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday March 05, 2014.
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Apple announced earlier this week that it has rebranded iOS in the Car to be CarPlay. Aside from being much easier to say, the change also made sense because the systems that link iOS 7 smartphones to in-car dashboards from several manufacturers are actually running BlackBerry's QNX software. QNX has been a staple of the automotive industry for several years, so it's actually not surprising that Apple would embrace the operating system as the underlying way to deliver an in-car solution.
Despite the underlying QNX features, CarPlay still looks and moves like something one might expect from Apple. That system was purposely designed to look like iOS because that will make it more familiar to users. Someone tapping on Maps will get a large display of the road ahead, but it will look like a larger extension of his or her smartphone. Trying to browse through iTunes in the car looks identical to browsing on a phone, though the colors and scale are different. There's also integration with Siri to set-up hands-free commands and interactions with calling or messages.
Here's a hands-on video courtesy of Mac4Ever showcasing how CarPlay looks when you're behind the wheel.
Mac4Ever, via: 9to5Mac
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.