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The iPhone maker claims that CarPlay allows iOS users to make calls, use maps, listen to music and access messages through touch and voice-based controls. Users can control CarPlay from the car's dashboard or push and hold a control button on the steering wheel to activate the iOS voice assistant, Siri.
CarPlay also supports third-party applications including Spotify and iHeartRadio.
Automakers slated to offer CarPlay include Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Kia, Hyundai, Honda, General Motors and Toyota.
"CarPlay has been designed from the ground up to provide drivers with an incredible experience using their iPhone in the car," said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS Product Marketing. "iPhone users always want their content at their fingertips and CarPlay lets drivers use their iPhone in the car with minimized distraction. We have an amazing lineup of auto partners rolling out CarPlay, and we’re thrilled it will make its debut this week in Geneva."
Apple's Carplay is available as an update to iOS 7 and works with Lightning-enabled iPhones, including iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5. CarPlay will be integrated within vehicles this year after its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.
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