Arguably the world’s most popular mobile operating system is about to be mobile in an entirely new way.
Apple announced Monday that some of the world’s top automobile manufacturers are rolling out CarPlay.
What is CarPlay, you ask? According to Apple, it’s 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.
“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. “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.”
Vehicles from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo will premiere CarPlay to their drivers this week.
Additional auto manufacturers bringing CarPlay to their drivers later this year include 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.