iOS in the Car now CarPlay, Coming to Volvo, Ferrari this Year

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Apple rebranded its iOS in the Car program as CarPlay on Monday and announced that several car makers will include the feature in their new models later this year. Volvo, Ferrari, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, and Hyundai have all committed to ship CarPlay-compatible cars before the end of 2014.

CarPlay turns your iPhone into your in-car personal assistantCarPlay turns your iPhone into your in-car personal assistant

Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president of iPhone and iOS Product Marketing, said,

CarPlay has been designed from the ground up to provide drivers with an incredible experience using their iPhone in the car. iPhone users always want their content at their fingertips and CarPlay lets drivers use their iPhone in the car with minimized distraction.

CarPlay adds an in-dash interface for the iPhone 5, iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C running iOS 7, but it does more than simply add a screen in the car. It also supports hands-free controls over iOS features like sending and receiving calls, playing music and navigation, using Siri for voice commands, reading text messages and letting you dictate responses.

Navigation gets more Google Now-like because Siri can anticipate where you're going based on your schedule or driving history and then suggest routes. For example, Siri can see you have an upcoming lunch appointment, remind you and plot the best route to get you there on time all without any prompts from you.

In-car iPhone support isn't new. Siri Eyes Free is already available in several GM, Honda, and Acura cars as a way to use voice commands to control your iPhone or iPad, although Apple is aiming to make that integration even tighter with CarPlay.

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Using our smartphones as in-dash navigation and communication systems makes sense because that's how so many people already use them. Plus, every time you upgrade your smartphone you essentially get a computer upgrade for your car. Tying that directly to the iPhone is a slick move on Apple's part to lock people into its smartphone lineup, too.

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Lee Dronick

Ford, please jump on this bandwagon.



I love my iPhone, but there are two things which I actively hate about it: Apple Maps and Siri. Making those essential features of my car would destroy me.

Siri/Voice Control understands what I say 10% of the time, and that’s being generous.  The rest of the time it’s HORRIBLY wrong. Like, dialling former co-workers when I’m trying to set the timer, or playing music when I’m trying to set the map destination.

Apple Maps still hasn’t updated the new highway here, despite it being over a year old. Every time I drive out of town it tells me I’m driving through farmer’s fields. Google and my Tomtom have both fixed this. Apple hasn’t. I’ve reported it twice now, and it still hasn’t changed.


I’m hoping Ford allows this and allows retroactive upgrades to previous vehicles (unlikely).  Microsoft’s SYNC isn’t quite complete and thus unsatisfying to use.

James Peterson

Apple Launched ‘iOS In The Car’ With Ferrari, Volvo and Mercedes-Benz


Ford is going with CarPlay! Yeah.

Lee Dronick

Good news skipaq! I wonder if they will make it available in current autos or just those in the future.

From TechCrunch

  Ford is working to integrate Apple’s CarPlay in the future. We will continue to work with Apple, Microsoft and many other technology companies to develop and continuously improve our in-car connectivity systems for customers. One of the many great things about SYNC is that it is device agnostic and compatible with nearly any mobile operating system, including Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android.

Lee Dronick

A video about CarPlay in a Volvo


Ford: Agnostic is a misnomer. More like “sketchy”. I can do nearly as much with a portable bluetooth speaker as SYNC does in my month old F150. (Ok, so I can talk to my truck, but it still pronounces Bluetooth as “Bloomtooth”.)


Car Play Deum!!!  I heard that Ford is ditching M-Soft for Blackberry for it’s next Sync according to Motor Authority. 
This Car Play is more likely what Tesla and Apple were knocking around in that meeting. Tesla wanted no part of Apple’s Maps and SIRI though.


CudaBoy you have an inside source or was this made public? It wouldn’t surprise me. The voice controls in my Honda are so bad, every time I try and use them I feel like I’m writing code! In my experience Siri is a half-step up.

Lee Dronick

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