Apple has officially announced CarPlay, its in-vehicle interface that will be compatible with new Mercedes, Volvo and Ferrari vehicles being showcased at the Geneva Auto Show this week.
Designed to “bridge the gap between” your iPhone and your auto, CarPlay will offer call control, Siri interaction, and media playback with a simple iOS-like interface. It also allows for satellite navigation using the iPhone’s built-in GPS and mapping systems.
CarPlay has gone through some tweaks since its announcement at last year’s iOS 7 launch. German manufacturer BMW, a partner for the intended launch of the software, is now notably absent and the name has been changed from iOS in the Car to its current, more compact version.
Apple has launched a dedicated CarPlay section on its website to describe the various features of the in-car system.