Apple has announced its latest project and it is called Apple CarPlay. It’s a new way of integrating your iPhone with your car and it’s designed to be completely hands-free. You know Apple are serious about driver safety when you look and see that CarPlay does not feature virtual keyboards. It’s all done through dictation and speech recognition.
Apple CarPlay isn’t out yet, but we could soon be seeing it in cars from select manufacturers. The great thing about this technology is that it will integrated into the dashboard, where all modern cars now have screens, or touchscreens. All you’ll need to access this feature is an iPhone. Well to be exact, only iPhone models up from the iPhone 5 get CarPlay support. There had to be an entry price and it’s not the car. On launch, CarPlay will support the apps you’re most likely to use when you’re in a car. That means you’ll be able to access the messaging app, the phone app and some music apps. Like we said before, there are no virtual keyboards involved here.
So if you get a message, Siri will announce that and will even read the messages to you. You can then dictate a reply and Siri will automatically convert that to text. And of course, there’s also Maps support so you’ll get directions both visually and through audio feedback. We’ve seen that before, but what makes CarPlay’s take so unique is that the system will automatically check your calendar to see if you’ve made any appointments. If the time matches, it will automatically suggest a route to your meeting destination. The smart car is here people. And Apple’s making it happen.
We were assuming that CarPlay’s interface would only be accessible through a touch screen but it turns out that even if the car doesn’t have a touch screen display, users will be able to interact with the interface via the control dials found on modern cars. Some cars will even feature a dedicated Siri button on their steering wheels, so you can easily wake up the digital assistant. Currently only a handful of stock apps are supported and it remains to be seen if Apple will release an API so that the developers can get in on the action as well. But we can already sense that CarPlay will be a major factor in the motoring industry, given that Ferrari is one of the companies that are going to be implementing it.