Apple just announced ‘CarPlay’ on their website today, a system that turns your car’s media center into an iOS-powered dashboard.
It was unveiled at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show, where many of the automakers that will be implementing CarPlay were present. These companies include Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo. Also, BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Kia, Land Rover, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Opel, Puegot, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota plan on releasing models with CarPlay in the future.
Now, what exactly does CarPlay do?
Once an iPhone is plugged into the car’s media center, a multitude of options become available to the driver.
You can take advantage of Apple Maps on the car’s screen, acting as a GPS with turn-by-turn directions, traffic conditions and estimated travel time.
For those who live in a state where talking on your phone while driving is illegal, you can now use Siri to make phone calls through the media center. CarPlay will also allow you to listen to voicemail and return missed calls. Siri can also send, read and reply to texts for you while you are driving, while displaying all of the messages on the media center’s screen.
An iPhone is not complete until it is filled with a library of music, and this library can now be accessed on your car’s screen through CarPlay in a clean and simple manner. You can access your library, iTunes Radio and additional audio apps downloaded onto your phone.
Expect to see cars with CarPlay on showroom floors in the coming weeks.