WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Apple has officially announced iOS integration with a large number of major automobile manufactures. In what will be referred to as CarPlay, drivers will be able to perform a number of tasks on their iPhone while still safely driving.
CarPlay is suited to fit the preferences of the driver, functioning by using either the built-in dashboard touch display or the vehicle's standard buttons and knobs.
The driver can also take the hands-free approach by activating the dedicated voice control button located on the steering wheel. Apple's personal assistant, Siri, is integral to this aspect of CarPlay.
At it's core, CarPlay is about Maps, Music, Messaging and Phone Calls.
Voice-control is the main draw for the Phone and Messaging features as Siri can send, read, and reply to the driver's phone calls and texts.
Apple Maps promises to deliver turn-by-turn navigation, complete with traffic conditions and estimated travel times.
In addition to mirroring the iPhone's dedicated Music and iTunes apps, Apple is allowing third-party support for other music-streaming apps at launch. Apps such as Beats Radio, iHeartRadio, and Spotify will all operate seamlessly with CarPlay.
The key component of this announcement is the sheer number of car manufacturers that are on-board.
Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo will all offer CarPlay functionality in select 2015 models later this year. Future committed partners include Chevrolet, Ford, Kia, Nissan, and Toyota just to name a few.
CarPlay will be further explained during the Geneva Motor Show, which will be held from March 6 to March 16.
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