Apple has unveiled CarPlay, a system that will be integrated into new vehicles to let iPhone users make and receive phone calls, get directions and listen to music through a touchscreen or Siri-based voice interface.
CarPlay will be included on car models from Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo in 2014, with 12 more companies signed on to add integration in the future. With a Lightning-enabled iPhone plugged in, the features can be controlled through a touchscreen, dashboard buttons or the driver’s voice. Available apps include Music, Maps, Phone and Messages, along with third-party options like Spotify and Beats Radio. Apple has promised that more third-party apps will be added as time goes on.
Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo will demo the system this week, with compatible cars going on sale later in the year. CarPlay was originally announced as iOS in the Car at WWDC in June 2013, but has been rebranded and seen some design tweaks ahead of the official launch. It is designed alongside iOS 7, and will work exclusively with the iPhone 5, 5c and 5s. The features will be made available in an iOS 7 update, probably iOS 7.1, which is nearing release.