Apple rolls out CarPlay giving drivers a smarter, safer and more fun way to use iPhone in the car

Apple today announced that leading auto manufacturers are rolling out CarPlay, the smarter, safer and more fun way to use iPhone in the car.

CarPlay gives iPhone users an incredibly intuitive way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch. Users can easily control CarPlay from the car’s native interface or just push-and-hold the voice control button on the steering wheel to activate Siri without distraction. Vehicles from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo will premiere CarPlay to their drivers this week, while additional auto manufacturers bringing CarPlay to their drivers down the road include 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.

“CarPlay has been designed from the ground up to provide drivers with an incredible experience using their iPhone in the car,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS Product Marketing, in the press release. “iPhone users always want their content at their fingertips and CarPlay lets drivers use their iPhone in the car with minimized distraction. We have an amazing lineup of auto partners rolling out CarPlay, and we’re thrilled it will make its debut this week in Geneva.”

Apple has led consumer technology integration in the car for more than a decade. CarPlay brings your car and iPhone together for a thoughtful experience that lets drivers focus on driving, while also tapping into everything they want to do with their iPhone.

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Apple CarPlay


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Apple CarPlay


Apple CarPlay
Apple CarPlay

Once iPhone is connected to a vehicle with CarPlay integration, Siri helps you easily access your contacts, make calls, return missed calls or listen to voicemails. When incoming messages or notifications arrive, Siri provides an eyes-free experience by responding to requests through voice commands, by reading drivers’ messages and letting them dictate responses or simply make a call.

CarPlay makes driving directions more intuitive by working with Maps to anticipate destinations based on recent trips via contacts, emails or texts, and provides routing instructions, traffic conditions and ETA. You can also simply ask Siri and receive spoken turn-by-turn directions, along with Maps, which will appear on your car’s built-in display.

CarPlay gives drivers access to all of their music, podcasts, audiobooks and iTunes Radio with easy navigation through listening choices from the car’s built-in controls or simply by asking Siri to pull up what you’d like to hear. CarPlay also supports select third-party audio apps including Spotify and iHeartRadio, so you can listen to your favorite radio services or sports broadcast apps while driving.

Apple CarPlay is available as an update to iOS 7 and works with Lightning-enabled iPhones, including iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5. CarPlay will be available in select cars shipping in 2014.

Source: Apple Inc.

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  1. The glaring omission is Ford. As much as I like my wife’s new Fusion, its Microsoft system is infuriating to use with an iPhone. Even after the last software update, it plays each song in a playlist for about 3 seconds before moving to the next.

    At least I’ll have plenty of options from Ford’s competition.

    1. Did you *read* the article above?

      “… additional auto manufacturers bringing CarPlay to their drivers down the road include BMW Group, Ford, General Motors, Honda…” Note Ford is listed right after BMW.

    2. Totally agree. I really like my Ford Focus…but “synchNOT” is abysmally bad. Note to manufacturers…my next lease car will have CarPlay. Do the math.

  2. By the time car manufacturers charge this as a $1,000 option, it’ll be cheaper to buy an iPad mini and stick it on the dash with a suction cup dashboard holder.

      1. Having recently acquired a 10 year old Acura with a most excellent Bose sound system (including an integrated 6 CD changer and cassette player) I’m trying to figure out how to bring my iPhone or an iPad mini into the picture. The car also has a useless “trip computer” taking up a big chunk of space. Ten year old fancy electronics are really quaint.

        I hate to mess with the audio quality and really good radio in the Bose system, but the rest of the installation is so ’00s.

        1. I have a older Escalade with a separate head unit and CD player. I found a module that goes between the CD player and head unit that tricks the the whole thing into thinking the iPhone is a CD. I just wish I could find it again.

  3. I want this, and I want it now. I wonder if there will be third party solutions if your preferred car isn’t listed. I drive a Jeep Wrangler which I love and didn’t see it listed as one of the companies embracing CarPlay.

    If I could swap out the stereo head unit with a CarPlay supported unit, I’d switch them out ASAP. Considering what’s out there now, currently stuck with UConnect, Apple should make a killing with this product.

    It will do for car stereo/navigation what the iPhone did for smart phones, which weren’t very smart before the iPhone. This is huge!

  4. So, we have AirPlay and AirPort and AirDrop. Now we have CarPlay. I wonder what the others will be. CarPort could be some sort of home charging station for the iCar. CarDrop I’m having trouble with.

  5. But I need a new car NOW !
    It would be nice if the MS Sync hardware inside a Ford or whatever could be “flashed” with new software to support this. Kinda like wiping Windows O/S off the HDD of a PC and installing OSX. Conceptually, I’m not advocating a Hackintosh 🙂
    Actually the more I think about it the more technically possible I think it is. I’m sure these systems are just embedded PCs inside. CPUs, storage, memory & a screen etc.

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