Get ready for the next must-have iPhone accessory – your car

Closeup of the carplay homescreen

Closeup of the carplay homescreen

Most car entertainment systems are horrible to use. Even those that allow you to connect an external device like an iPhone are cumbersome and lacking in basic features. Apple plans to change all that.

At the Geneva Motor show, Apple  just unveiled its latest plan to embed iPhones in our lives. Called CarPlay, it provides a way for iPhones to communicate with cars, allowing you to get directions, make calls, send and receive messages and listen to music.

CarPlay Map view

The system will let you use Siri, a touchscreen or the car’s normal dials and buttons to control various functions. You’ll even be able to run apps (no Candy Crush though, we assume).

CarPlay music view

The timing is vague, with Apple saying it will be available ‘in 2014’. They also don’t mention if all countries will get it at the same time.  It will be an option in select cars from  Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo with other manufacturers supporting the system later on.

Volvo has a video showing how the system till work.






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