Although Google’s Android smartphone operating system pushed Apple’s iOS to second place, the Geneva auto show didn’t reflect that as many automakers rushed in to announce they are adopting Apple’s CarPlay system into their cars.
While the technology is only due out on the market later this year, the Apple-based infotainment systems were already adopted by big names like Ferrari, Volvo and Mercedes-Benz – and are soon to follow on their footsteps the likes of Ford, Honda, Toyota and another dozen.
“We’re moving to an era of seamless integration of digital devices and the digital automobile,” said Dieter Zetsche, which showed off the CarPlay system in Mercedes-Benz’s new C-Class line.
CarPlay is a system designed to mirror the iOS functionality on the iPhone or iPad, but especially designed for safe usage in cars. It gives drivers access to what their smartphone can usually do – make calls, navigate and listen to music, but it also offers apps that expand its functionality and a special version of Siri that allows for extended voice-control.
Besides putting it into new cars, rumors also say numerous automakers like Mercedes or Honda would also reveal in the near future accessory that would make CarPlay backwards compatible to cars already on the road.