Apple unveils CarPlay: iOS in your car

Apple CarPlay in car maps

Apple has official unveiled its solution to using your iPhone in the car: CarPlay. Apple says the system is a “smarter, safer and more fun way” of using your iPhone while in the car. To help explain the system further the company has issues a press release on its website, click here to read the full release.

The system will be demoed at the Geneva International Motor Show, which starts this week on March 6th. Vehicles from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo will demonstrate the system, but other manufacturers that have also signed up include BMW Group, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia Motors, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan Motor Company, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota Motor Corp.

Here are some more details from Apples press release:

“Once iPhone is connected to a vehicle with CarPlay integration, Siri helps you easily access your contacts, make calls, return missed calls or listen to voicemails. When incoming messages or notifications arrive, Siri 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.

CarPlay makes driving directions more intuitive by working with Maps to anticipate destinations based on recent trips via contacts, emails or texts, and provides routing instructions, traffic conditions and ETA. You can also simply ask Siri and receive spoken turn-by-turn directions, along with Maps, which will appear on your car’s built-in display.

CarPlay gives drivers access to all of their music, podcasts, audiobooks and iTunes Radio℠ with easy navigation through listening choices from the car’s built-in controls or simply by asking Siri to pull up what you’d like to hear. CarPlay also supports select third-party audio apps including Spotify and iHeartRadio, so you can listen to your favorite radio services or sports broadcast apps while driving.”

Apple CarPlay in car home screen

Apple CarPlay in car playing music