Tech behemoth Apple will reveal its new CarPlay technology at the 2014 Geneva auto show, which gives drivers in-car iOS 7 compatibility with their iPhone 5 smartphones. As Apple promised when it announced iOS7/Siri-based integration with in-car interfaces, users will have the option of total hands-free control over maps and navigation, messaging, phone calls, and media functionality. Volvo will be the first to receive the new Apple CarPlay technology when the redesigned 2015 Volvo XC90 SUV debuts toward the end of 2014.
As on-board infotainment technology becomes ever-more integrated into cars, iPhone users will finally be able to use the intuitive and familiar Apple iOS interface directly on their car’s touchscreen. No more scrambling to grab your phone from a cupholder, as the car’s touchscreen will work just like that of the phone. Fortunately, in order to prevent an entire army of distracted, neck-craned Apple users from colliding into traffic, Siri can answer your every need whether it is putting on fresh tunes, changing destinations, or responding to emails or text messages. Drivers can even dictate replies to Siri.
In a major step forward, Apple CarPlay will intelligently recommend directions based on previous trips and message content, subsequently advising route instructions with real-time traffic information on hand. Google Maps will make reading the in-car navigation significantly easier, rather than having to fuddle with automaker’s maps which are often unclear and poorly designed. Third-party app integration with software like Spotify and iHeartRadio will also be available.
CarPlay will be available first on the 2015 Volvo XC90, with Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz to soon after implement the technology. BMW, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot-Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki, and Toyota will also adopt Apple CarPlay in the future.