On Monday, Apple announced that it had formed partnerships with several well-known car manufacturers to provide an in-car entertainment system known as CarPlay. With CarPlay, drivers and passengers in a car would be able to use a touchscreen console, as well as buttons on the steering wheel, to control music, hear and compose text messages, make calls, listen to voicemail messages, and even get directions and make use of other apps commonly used by iPhone users.
What Vehicles Will Have CarPlay?
The first cars to come with CarPlay will debut later this year from Volvo, Ferrari, and Mercedes-Benz. Also, further on down the road, manufacturers such as Honda, GM, Ford, BMW, Hyundai, and Toyota will release models featuring this in-car entertainment system.
This comes after a partnership revealed in January by Google stating that Audi, GM, Honda, and Hyundai would be releasing vehicles with an Android operating system later on in 2014.
Why the Push for In-Car Entertainment Systems?
These in-car entertainment systems were designed to make driving much safer for the driver and passengers in the car. One of the leading causes of distracted driving accidents involves the use of cell phones. Apple and Google feel that they can help cut down on these accidents, and possible deaths, by developing a system that makes it very easy and safe to use all the features of a phone from a console or through voice-activated commands so that the driver doesn’t have to take their hands off the steering wheel.
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