Why can’t your car’s infotainment system work like your iPhone? The days of asking that question will end tomorrow.
That’s because Apple will debut its “iOS in the car” system tomorrow at the Geneva Motor Show. Switching to a more friendly names the new CarPlay system will reportedly debut in a number of different vehicles at the show, from Mercedes and Volvo to Ferrari.
Rather than the car running iOS, the vehicle’s infotainment system will be powered by the smartphone (an iPhone 5, 5S or 5C). It won’t be an exact mirror either, with the CarPlay system appearing as a simplified version of the iPhone interface.
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What CarPlay will allow for is a simple iOS interface in your car with a touchscreen and voice commands. There will, however, be no keyboard.
Instead the system is designed to be proactive, looking ahead in your calendar and emails to anticipate and suggest directions to destinations. And of course there’s Siri to read incoming texts, let you dictate a response and make calls.
Plus there’s the music side of the system with integration of Spotify and iHeartRadio.
“Available on select new cars in 2014, CarPlay is a smarter, safer way to use your iPhone in the car,” reads a release by Apple. “CarPlay takes the things you want to do with your iPhone while driving and puts them right on your car’s built-in display. You can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music, all in a way that allows you to stay focused on the road. Just plug in your iPhone and go.”