CarPlay introduced by Apple, a smarter way to use iPhone in the cars which was formerly generally known as “iOS in the Car”. This new feature is going to be available for the devices running on iOS 7 in the shape of an update, but only the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c devices are supported simply because this new feature needs Lightning enabled gadgets.
As imagined it provides all the stereotypical features such playing music, browsing maps and answering the calls and many others all will be managed mostly by Siri simple voice commands. This is certainly one thing Apple talk about as the real “eyes-free” experience that will not disturb the driver as opposed to traditional car media systems.
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From Apple’s press release:
“GENEVA―March 3, 2014―Apple® today announced that leading auto manufacturers are rolling out CarPlay, the smarter, safer and more fun way to use iPhone® in the car. CarPlay gives iPhone users an incredibly intuitive way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch. Users can easily control CarPlay from the car’s native interface or just push-and-hold the voice control button on the steering wheel to activate Siri® without distraction.
“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. “iPhone users always want their content at their fingertips and CarPlay lets drivers use their iPhone in the car with minimized distraction. We have an amazing lineup of auto partners rolling out CarPlay, and we’re thrilled it will make its debut this week in Geneva.”
Apart from the main iOS features, CarPlay will also provide the integration with 3rd-party apps such like Spotify and iHeartRadio for playing and managing music on the move. There are actually a different car manufactures who’ve get together to provide the functionality of CarPlay to the cars such as Ford, BMW, Honda, General Motors, Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, Mitsubishi Motors, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Nissan Motor Company, Suzuki, and Toyota Motor Corp.