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Mercedes-Benz, Volvo Among First to Roll Out Apple CarPlay in Geneva

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In an effort to keep drivers' eyes on the road on not on their phones, Apple has brought its iOS mobile operating system to car infotainment systems. Apple's CarPlay system will make using an iPhone in a vehicle easier and safer than it is now, and the electronics giant revealed we'll start seeing the system as early as this year, with Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo being the first to introduce it this week at the2014 Geneva Motor Show.

CarPlay works by integrating several iPhones directly onto a vehicle's built-in infotainment display. That means Apple Maps will be shown right on the vehicle's screen and will offer navigation capabilities with turn-by-turn directions and 3D maps. Apple says the Maps function will also "anticipate destinations based on recent trips via contacts, emails or texts, and provides routing instructions, traffic conditions, and ETA." MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

Full integration for phone calls, music, and reading and responding to text messages with voice inputs are also all part of CarPlay. Just push the vehicle's voice control button, and drivers can tell Siri what to do, whether it's to return a missed call or have a message read aloud. CarPlay also gives drivers access to their music libraries, podcasts, audiobooks, and iTunes radio. Audio apps such as Spotify and iHeartRadio are also supported. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

Although only three automakers are debuting the new in-car system this week, several others will be joining offering CarPlay down the road, including BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Suzuki, and Toyota.

Source: Apple

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