Apple’s CarPlay Revs Up the Auto Industry’s Race to Turn Your Car into a Phone Accessory

By: | March 14th, 2014

Earlier this week, IndustryTap wrote about Apple’s new CarPlay system that was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. CarPlay allows iPhone users to plug their devices into their cars and have their iPhone screens show up on the in-car dash.

CarPlay will allow the driver to call up maps, make hands-free calls, send text messages through voice commands and request music with Siri voice commands or by touching the vehicle’s dashboard screen. It requires Apple’s latest software, iOS 7, and an iPhone 5, 5C or 5S.

Google plans to team up with almost every car manufacturer

A long list of car manufacturers is planning to adopt CarPlay. General Motors, Ford and Honda are all drawing up plans for CarPlay. Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo previewed CarPlay in Geneva, saying they plan to adopt the system.

This group will expand to include cars from Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, BMW, Chevrolet, Kia, Land Rover, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Open, Peugeot-Citro├źn, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota to integrate its Android operating system into their dashboards. Ford plans to work with Microsoft to launch a voice control system called Sync in its cars offering its own touch screen technology.

The Internet is currently a-buzz with talks of a retrofitted CarPlay that would work in your current car without you having to go out to buy a new vehicle just for these features. IndustryTap will keep you posted on CarPlay’s developments and expected release dates in new cars.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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