GENEVA — Apple announced CarPlay, its rumored ‘iCar’ product Monday at the Geneva International Motor Show.
CarPlay will allow iPhone users to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages through a visual interface on the car’s touchscreen or via Siri by tapping the car’s voice control button.
Once the iPhone is connected to a vehicle with CarPlay integration, Siri helps users access contacts, make calls, return missed calls or listen to voicemails. When messages or notifications arrive, Siri responds to requests through voice commands, by reading out messages and letting drivers dictate responses or make a call.
CarPlay works with Maps to anticipate destinations based on recent trips via contacts, emails or tests, and provides routing instructions, traffic conditions and an ETA. Drivers can also ask Siri for spoken turn-by-turn directions, along with Maps, which will appear on the car’s display.
CarPlay gives drivers access to music, podcasts, audiobooks and iTunes Radio with navigation through the car’s built-in controls or by asking Siri to pull up what you’d like to hear. CarPlay also supports third-party apps like Spotify and iHeartRadio.
CarPlay will be available as an update to iOS 7 for the iPhone 5 and later. CarPlay will be available in vehicles from the following manufacturers this year:
- General Motors
- Land Rover