Apple’s CarPlay System Coming To Dashboards Everywhere This Year

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As expected, Apple today announced that it is finally ready to launch its “iOS in the Car” iPhone integration setup for car infotainment systems.

Called CarPlay, Apple claims that it is “designed from the ground up to provide drivers with an incredible experience using their iPhone in the car.”

CarPlay is built primarily around Siri interactions, with voice commands and prompts giving users an “eyes-free” means of responding to incoming calls, dictating text messages, and accessing their music library. Apple’s Maps service is also an integral part of the system.

The first cars to support CarPlay will debut at the Geneva Motor Show this week, and will come from automakers Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo — shortly followed by Nissan, Peugeot, Jaguar Land Rover, BMW, General Motors, and other big names. The first vehicles to include the system are expected to ship later this year.

CarPlay functionality is set to be included as part of iOS 7 updates, although only iPhone 5 and above models of phone are supported so far due to their Lightning connectivity.

In addition to iTunes Radio, CarPlay will also provide access to other third-party music streaming apps, including Spotify, Beats Radio, iHeartRadio, and Stitcher.

  • Luis Fernando Rocha

    My question is: will I be able to replace the MS Sync on my Edge with CarPlay, or will I need to buy a new vehicle? I read that Ford plans to replace Sync with QNX, but I don’t know if only on future vehicles or if it will be instalable on existing vehicles. Anyone know?

    • Paolo

      I too want to know the answer to this. I’m getting the new Mustang and would like to have carplay instead of QNX or stupid Microsoft Sync.

    • PMB01

      This is going to be factory-level integration. No aftermarket installation unless you can figure out how to hack it together.

  • Christopher Morris

    I think before you say “everywhere”, you should determine whether CarPlay will be available in aftermarket head units.

    I seriously doubt that it will, since Apple most likely worked with manufacturers to get a high level of integration for it.

    • PMB01

      You’d have to hack it together. This is factory-level integration; no aftermarket head-units.

  • bradymc

    It’d be nice if they could integrate a dock/charger somehow in the dash to get rid of cords and keep your phone from sliding all over the place.

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