Apple launches CarPlay feature for in-car iPhone use

By VCPOST Staff Reporter

Mar 03, 2014 04:30 PM EST

Apple has rolled out its new CarPlay feature to allow drivers to use their iPhones safely while driving their car. Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo will be the first cars that will come integrated with the said feature, according to VentureBeat.

During the Geneva International Motor Show, CarPlay was introduced as a feature that allows drivers to make a call, access maps, play music, and open messages with a simple spoken or touch command, the report detailed.

Greg Joswiak, the vice president of iPhone and iOS Product Marketing, explained the benefits of CarPlay: "CarPlay has been designed from the ground up to provide drivers with an incredible experience using their iPhone in the car. 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." 

According to The Verge, Nissan, Jaguar Land Rover, Peugeot, BMW, General Motors, and Ford also pledged support for CarPlay.

CarPlay will be included in the next iOS 7 update. However, it is only compatible with the iPhone 5, 5S, and 5C as of now. In addition to the Apple iTunes Radio, CarPlay enables users to stream music via other apps such as Spotify and iHeartRadio, The Verge reported.

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