Apple broadcasts CarPlay: in-car voice and contact entry to notifications, maps and music (replace: video)

Apple announces CarPlay: in-vehicle voice and touch access to notifications, maps and music (update: video)

Apple has formally introduced CarPlay, its new in-automotive interface that’ll be suitable with new Ferrari, Mercedes and Volvo automobiles unveiled on the Geneva Auto Present this week. Designed “from the bottom up” to bridge the hole between your iPhone and your auto, it should supply contact- and Siri-based mostly voice navigation of your smartphone providers, together with contacts, voicemail, notifications, map instructions and music cueing — it is going to even help third-social gathering apps like Spotify and iHeartRadio from launch. Voice controls can be activated by a button on the steering wheel, whereas the in-automotive touchscreen is populated with these acquainted iOS 7 icons for straightforward entry. The service will launch as an iOS replace for Lightning-enabled iPhones (that is iPhone 5 and up), with CarPlay-suitable automobiles launching later this yr. And if any of the above aren’t your most popular automaker, Apple says you can anticipate suitable automobiles from BMW, Ford, Basic Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota and a number of other extra within the close to future.

Replace: At first CarPlay will solely will let you join by way of a Lightning cable, however WiFi must be coming within the close to future — at the least from Volvo. And, in case you are questioning, the CarPlay connection is predicated on the H.264 video protocol, and sends consumer enter from the touchscreen again to your iDevice. There’s additionally a video demo/teaser that we have added after the break.

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