Apple has finally announced its much awaited “CarPlay” which was rumored as “iOS in the car” at the Geneva International Motor Show, which will enable drivers to make calls, write text messages, watch You-Tube videos, use Apple’s Maps to navigate, listen to music and more without touching your iPhone using Siri.
Apple’s CarPlay will be included in leading Auto manufacturers which includes Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Mercedes and Volvo. It is expected that Mitsubishi, Chevrolet, Ford, BWM, KIA, Land Rover, Nissan, Opel along with few other Auto manufacturers will also support CarPlay soon. Currently, none of the car has support for CarPlay.
CarPlay by Apple will integrate your iPhone with dashboard screen of your car which will enable you to use various functions of your device hands-free. However, you require iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C and iPhone 5 along with latest iOS software iOS 7.
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.”
Initially users you will be able to play iTunes music, navigate using Apple Maps and watch videos in their car using CarPlay hands-free using Siri. Apple is also planning to allow third-party apps in CarPlay which will include Spotify, Beats Radio, Podcasts, iHeartRadio and Stitcher.
Watch this CarPlay video by Volvo
Auto Safety experts however think that CarPlay is not such a cool idea. David Teater, senior director at the nonprofit National Safety Council says,” “We’re very, very concerned about it.The auto industry and the consumer electronics industry are really in an arms race to see how we can enable drivers to do stuff other than driving.”
As per CBR- Gartner analyst Thilo Koslowski says,” “Some consumers might have multiple people in the family that use different systems, so one vehicle that’s being used by a household might have to enable an iOS environment and an Android environment.”
Google will be coming up with Android Operating system on cars by partnering with Honda, GM, Audi and Hyundai this year.