CarPlay system allows iPhones to integrate with on-board display and controls; set to debut in Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo cars

Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo will be the first manufacturers to use Apple's new 'CarPlay' system, which is designed to make iPhones easier to use on the move.

The system allows the iPhone to interface with the car's controls and displays, allowing drivers to quickly access commonly used functions with the minimum of distraction.

CarPlay will allow users to make calls, listen to music, get traffic-based route guidance and access messages with a simple vocal command or button press.

Siri, Apple's intelligent personal assistant, can also be accessed with a push of a button on the steering wheel, and further used to dictate new messages or make return calls.

The new interface option will be rolled out across more manufacturers in the future, including BMW, Jaguar, Nissan and Toyota.

Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS Product Marketing, said, "iPhone users always want their content at their fingertips and CarPlay lets drivers use their iPhone in the car with minimised distraction."

CarPlay is offered as an update to iOS 7 and works with Lightning-equipped iPhones, including all fifth-generation models.

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3 March 2014
This is great if you have an iPhone. What of the other 80% of smartphone users who don't though? I'm one of the small minority who has a windows phone. It is great, but lack of integration does get annoying.

3 March 2014
BMW need to run with this. I did read somewhere they were hesitating. It should be a no brainer.

I bought connected/apps/Internet options. I never, ever use them due to the relatively cumbersome and very slow UI. Relative to iOS of course. If iOS didn't exist, it would be a different story.

I have 12GB of music in the dashboard but I can't do simple things like create playlists.... and I don't think I surfed the Internet beyond my first test. Why bother when it is so much easier on my iPhone... Navigation is quite good, but the rest is simply outclassed by iOS.

Apple overhaul their OS once every year (or two)... a car manufacturer can't keep pace with that, so they need to leave it to the experts - which they are not.

So if BMW still want to charge 500-1000 euros for those kind of options, they are going to need to up the ante with this.

3 March 2014
Volvo have a short video of it on there Facebook page, looks quite good

3 March 2014
In future will manufacturers just provide the screen and you'll be able to simply stream your apps/calls/messages/nav/music through it from your phone?

3 March 2014
Here is the Volvo video:


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