Apple has recently announced it’s newest product, an iOS system for your next car, aptly called CarPlay. Fruit for thought, what else do you think would come after AirPlay and CarPlay?
Coming back to the topic, here is a picture of iOS in the Car, officially known as Carplay.
The concept of Carplay is basically the a simplified iOS interface fitted into a touchscreen display in the car, together with the extensive voice command that everyone knows, Siri. The focus here is simplicity and safety, with no complex interface elements and, seemingly, no virtual keyboards.
Carplay is currently being exhibited at the Geneva International Auto Show. It looks like carmakers Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are the ones who have gotten the CarPlay dashboard. Thinking of other cars?
Instead, many actions will be made easier thanks to some intelligent coding. For example, CarPlay can look at your calendar and emails to anticipate upcoming meetings and appointments, suggesting directions to the appropriate destinations. Similarly, Siri can read any incoming text messages and let you dictate a response. Calling, of course, is possible as well, through voice command.
And, it wouldn’t be an iPhone experience without music, and you’ll be able to listen to music and podcasts plus Spotify and iHeartRadio. However, those appear to be the only non-Apple apps that will be available through CarPlay, at least for now. It remains to be seen whether there will be an API exposed that will allow other third-party developers to get in on the fun. But, we expect to learn quite a bit more between now and when the first cars hit dealers later this year from manufacturers like Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo. (Just about every other marque will follow suit next year.)
And, to be clear, this experience is completely driven by the phone, more specifically an iPhone 5, 5s, or 5c. The cars themselves won’t be running iOS, just feeding the signal provided by the phones, which will be connected to the car via Lightning cable.
Apart from CarPlay, Apple has been pretty quiet so far, with the only reported news being communications with Tesla, the electric car manufacturer based in the America. But there’s no need to worry, we’ll keep you updated.