The newly launched Apple CarPlay previously known as iOS in the Car was unveiled yesterday as iOS marketing chief Greg Joswiak joined Ferrari chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo at Geneva Motor Show for an updated four-seater Ferrari FF grand tourer launch.
The fastest four seater to date was tested with Apple CarPlay and several walkthrough videos were provided by Apple representatives to Engadget.
The CarPlay is compatible with iPhone 5 and up. The dash currently connects with the phone using a Lightning adapter underneath the armrest but wireless support is also coming.
CarPlay dashboard is similar to iPhone homescreen featuring Phone, Messaging, Maps, Podcasts, etc. You can either use the touchscreen or use Siri for the purpose. Ferrari steering wheel has a Siri Eyes Free button to launch Siri.
The first thing we noticed is how speedy everything is. Apps load quickly, and Siri’s contextual algorithms hastily recognized our voice commands and responded appropriately. Apple has also implemented safety features to ensure services do not draw your attention away from the road and push forward its “hands-free” theme, reports Engadget
Unlike Mercedes-Benz and Volvo, Ferrari deployed Apple’s dash system alongside their own. Mercedes and Volvo will continue to develop their Android and MirrorLink systems for their new models.
After the phone is connected to the system, users can press a dedicated dashboard button to launch CarPlay thereby transferring all touch and voice inputs to the iPhone.
Macrumors reports that he newly unveiled Apple CarPlay iOS integration system has also been designed to work with Blackberry’s QNX operating system.
BlackBerry’s QNX car platform, which is a mobile connectivity framework supporting mobile development environment is deployed in several cars. With this revelations, CarPlay’s support is further increased to several other cars.
Apple unveiled plans for CarPlay at last WWDC 13. Previously known as ‘iOS in the Car’, CarPlay will be launched with several cars from major manufacturers including Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and several other signed manufacturers as promised by Apple.