Apple has announced an infotainment (information+entertainment) system for your car. It will bring iOS to your car’s Dashboard. It is called CarPlay .
It will essentially be an extension to your iPhone, allowing you to make calls, send and read messages, listen to music, navigate using Maps and much more ( Notifications, Spotify, iHeartRadio,etc ). It is designed to be an eyes-free system, so as to minimize accidents and distraction while driving.
Apple had already hinted at such a device when it integrated a Car display feature in iOS 7. The feature was then called ‘iOS in the Car’ and has now been renamed to CarPlay.
You can control it using Siri. So, now you can change music, dictate messages and do other stuff without taking your eyes off the road.
Should you feel like not shouting out commands, you can also control it by it’s touchscreen.
Though, we don’t see it offering any major advantages over Tablets, which are owned by a majority of people.
It will work ONLY with iPhones, specifically an iPhone 5 and above ( 5c and 5s). The iPhone will connect to it by the Lightning connector.
It will be on display at the Geneva Motor Show this year and Apple already has managed to sign up some companies for using it: Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo, with other companies coming later: BMW Group, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia Motors, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan Motor Company, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota Motor Corp..
You may start seeing it integrated into cars by the end of 2014.