- Apple has released CarPlay, a rebranded and upgraded version of its iOS in the Car.
- CarPlay provides better integration between vehicles and versions of the iPhone 5.
- Drivers can access Apple features such as Siri voice recognition, iTunes and Maps.
GENEVA — Apple has released CarPlay, a rebranded and upgraded version of its iOS in the Car, providing better integration between vehicles and the iPhone 5, including such Apple features as Siri voice recognition, iTunes and Maps.
CarPlay debuts this week at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show on vehicles from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo.
Described by Apple as "iPhone on wheels," CarPlay is available as an update to iOS 7 for the iPhone 5, 5S and 5C.
The system works with Siri voice controls and with the vehicle's hardware, including touchscreen displays and controls.
CarPlay enables users to make calls, use Apple Maps, listen to music and access messages. Drivers can get spoken turn-by-turn directions, routing instructions and traffic conditions.
Apple said CarPlay will be available later this year on select models from BMW, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota, among others.
Consumers may wonder why Chrysler is missing from the list. The automaker issued a statement saying it "has a strong relationship with Apple."
"Our companies are focused on iPhone and iPod compatibility testing with Chrysler Group's current Uconnect Systems, and we continue to discuss and explore technologies that can further enhance the driving experience and keep drivers focused on the road," Chrysler said.
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