Apple is currently hard at work developing the next iteration of its mobile operating system, iOS 7, which will have better and tighter integration with vehicle’s factory in-car electronics.
The Cupertino-based tech giant is working with automakers to deeply embed iOS’s Maps and Siri offerings into vehicles, according to sources familiar with iOS 7’s development. The goal for Apple is to work with automakers on updated center consoles to easily attach an iOS device so that Apple’s Maps would be used in the vehicle’s in-car display rather than the default navigation.
All Apple Maps jokes aside, the device would be controlled through voice commands thanks to Siri. Last year, Apple announced its “Eyes-Free” Siri service, that allow Siri to be used with the iPhone’s display off. Since then, it has been working with major automakers such as BMW, Toyota, Honda, and Land Rover on better integration of its Maps and Siri with vehicles.
The integration might not come with iOS 7’s debut however, depending on how quickly Apple can do thorough testing and work out the bugs, in addition to contracts with the major automakers. One thing’s for sure, Apple isn’t backing down from making its devices more user-friendly and safer while in a car.
[Source: 9 to 5 Mac]