Apple has finally announced CarPlay, an in-car ‘infotainment’ system that allows you to connect your iOS device with your car so that you can use its features more safely while driving.
CarPlay allows you to operate your device using Siri voice control or your car’s controls so that you can play music, consult maps, answer calls or even check and respond to texts without taking your eyes off the road.
In addition to Apple maps, CarPlay also supports several other apps including Spotify, Beats Music, iHeartRadio and Stitcher, with more reportedly being added soon.
With maps being one of the one of the most important features for such a system, there has been much speculation about whether Google maps will eventually make it on to the platform as an alternative to Apple’s own notoriously inferior version. Here’s hoping…
CarPlay is to be showcased at the Geneva Motor Show, which kicks off tomorrow. Apple has partnered with Ferarri, Mercedez-Benz and Volvo for the launch but also has an impressive list of other car manufacturers signed up to integrate the system into future models.
CarPlay will be available as an update to iOS 7 and will be compatible with the iPhone 5, iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.
Over to you…
What are your thoughts on CarPlay?