Apple CarPlay Steers iOS Into Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo Cars

By Gerald Lynch on at

Apple's iOS in the Car push has got a new name, and its first bunch of partner car manufacturers to go along with it. Apple's re-christened the service CarPlay, and it'll be launching in Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo dashboards.

CarPlay allows drivers to link their iPhones up with in-car information and entertainment systems, leveraging the handset's location services, data and applications, using the Siri voice-activated assistant to manage contacts and calls. Apple Maps is used for navigation, offering spoken turn-by-turn directions, while music playback is not only limited to iTunes, with Apple somewhat-surprisingly opening up CarPlay to offer streaming from Spotify and iHeart Radio, among other third-party entertainment apps.

It will land as part of an iOS 7 update, but will only work with newer Lightning connector iPhones—so, that's the 5, 5S and 5C.

Volvo, Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari are expected to reveal the first cars using the new dashboard system this week, while Ford, BMW, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota will also look to integrate CarPlay into their vehicles in the future. [Apple]