Apple CarPlay to Bring IPhone Tech to Your Car Staff
by Staff

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.”

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  • Turtlenewz Turtlenewz on Mar 03, 2014

    I was going to buy the 2014 new Mini Cooper S , but now I think I will wait till Car Play is available ,even if it means waiting for the 2015 S Mini Cooper. Hopefully Apple Car play will be able to be ordered on the 2014 models later this year? We shall see . Definately will wait now and put the new car off until Carplay arrives

    • Tobi Tobi on Mar 10, 2014

      dude, who cares about carplay ?? mini cooper S here!! hello ?... mini cooper S > carplay

  • Stealingsand Stealingsand on Mar 28, 2014

    I have a MINI from 2011 with the Connected system (1st Gen). Since it's so difficult to build an in-car system well, I've long wondered why there isn't convergence on this yet. Hoping proprietary systems like MINIs get converted to a third party solution like CarPlay...