At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Apple announced it’s release of ‘CarPlay’, a fully integrated iOS infotainment system for using iPhone in the car.
The application is described as a smarter, safer and more fun way to use iPhone in the car. When the iPhone gets connected to the car, the feature can be controlled through Siri voice control, a touchscreen, and on-board button, helping you access your contacts, make phone calls, return missed calls or listen to voice mails.
Also, the application works with Apple’s Maps to provide directional instructions, give updates on traffic conditions, as well as predict estimated time of arrival.
This new way of navigating gives iPhone users an amazingly hyper-futuristic/intuitive way to make calls, use maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch.
The app, or update, depending if you have the iPhone 4 or newer, iPad 2 or newer, or the iPad mini models is free and accessible for vehicles from manufacturers such as Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo.
A long list of other car manufacturers, including Tesla, Ford and Honda, also are drawing up plans for CarPlay to integrate its operating system into their dashboards.
You can download iOS 7.1 via the software update feature of your device or via iTunes.