Apple has announced that leading auto manufacturers are rolling out CarPlay to enable drivers use its iconic iPhones in a safer and smarter way.
The tech company announced at the Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland that CarPlay gives iPhone users the opportunity to make calls, listen to music, use Maps and access messages with just a word or touch.
Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo will be the first to bring CarPlay to their drivers while 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 will follow suit, according to Apple.
Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS Product Marketing says “CarPlay has been designed from the ground up to provide drivers with an incredible experience using their iPhone in the car. 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.”
[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”Apple”]According to Apple, once iPhone is connected to a vehicle with CarPlay integration, Siri, a voice recognition system from Apple, will help to easily access contacts, make calls, return missed calls or listen to voicemails. It gives directions by working with Maps. [/blockquote]
Apple CarPlay is available as an update to iOS 7 and works with iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5. CarPlay will be available in select cars shipping in 2014, Apple says at the ongoing motor show in Geneva that closes on March 16.