iOS Experience In Your Car!

A utomology’s new guest writer, EDE, examines Apple's latest feature for your driving pleasure. I’m addicted to music, whet...



Automology’s new guest writer, EDE, examines Apple's latest feature for your driving pleasure.

I’m addicted to music, whether in the car or house, while travelling or chilling at the beach. Wouldn’t it be nice to have your own selection of music from your iPhone or iPod, or even your Spotify account? Texting and driving is a no-no, but how about having Siri to help you read and reply messages while driving? All you’d have to do is just ask. Oh, wouldn’t that be cool?!

Apple announced its CarPlay iPhone connection for cars at the Geneva Motor Show 2014 with partners Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo, who had announced that they will begin shipping CarPlay-enabled vehicles to drivers early March. Within this year, the partners will expand to include other automakers like BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, and Toyota.

The integration is made via the iPhone’s lightning port, which means that it’s only compatible with iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.

 




How does it works? 

CarPlay connects with vehicles through a USB port or Bluetooth. The vehicle’s infotainment interface will replicate the iPhone display, to tap into the mobile phone’s functions using the vehicle’s buttons, knobs, interactive screens and other thingamajigs. Drivers can make phone calls, access voice mail, access contacts and, of course, there’s Siri to help send, read and reply messages as well. Apple Maps is included, doing away with the need for additional in-car navigation programme.

Other entertainment functions are also surported by CarPlay, including iTunes Radio as well as selected third-party apps, such as Spotify.

Check out the video below. Is this a feature that will influence you to buy the car?



Remember though: Stay alive! No texting while driving!

images: Apple Insider
 

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