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The service, previously known as “iOS in the car”, will bring Siricentric infotainment functionality to the dashboards of a wide variety of cars.

Is this your new home hub?

Remember Apple’s “iOS in the car” initiative? It’s now called CarPlay and it’s happening for real.

On Monday, Apple said Volvo, Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari would all introduce CarPlay systems this week. The company also revealed an all-star roster of manufacturers lining up to do the same: BMW, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota.

CarPlay is underpinned by Siri, Apple’s virtual personal assistant. It offers notifications and voice command-driven calls and messaging, as well as iTunes, podcasts, third-party streaming services and so on.

Apple said CarPlay is available as an update to iOS 7 and will work with all iPhones that support the Lightning connector. Rival platforms include Nokia’s Here Auto and BlackBerry’s QNX, while other firms keen to get into your dashboard include Panasonic, Qualcomm and Nvidia.

  1. thank you

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  2. I really like the sound of this feature, but until it becomes more widely available I’ll continue using “Harken For iPhone” in the car. It’s much easier to use than Apple’s music player (bigger text, large buttons/touch areas). There’s also “Harken” on the iPad but I need a new cradle for my iPad so I can’t use it at the moment.

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  3. Paweł Górny Monday, March 3, 2014

    So now Apple prefers BlackBerry system? :)
    http://n4bb.com/apple-carplay-infotainment-runs-blackberrys-qnx/

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