Apple Produces CarPlay for iOS Experience in Luxury Cars

29 March 2014

Apple Produces CarPlay for iOS Experience in Luxury Cars

Earlier this month Apple gave CarPlay its grand debut at the Geneva Motor show, much to the delight of iOS users who have been looking to integrate their iPhone and driving experiences effectively.

Although the design of automobile interiors has advanced hugely in the past few years, digital technology that we take for granted in our lives has barely made an impact on what remains a predominantly analogue in-car experience.

With CarPlay and similar efforts from Google and Microsoft in the pipeline, that’s set to change in a big way.

CarPlay allows for seamless integration with the user’s iPhone (nothing earlier than iPhone 5 or 5S) and enables them to make use of many of the key facets of iOS 7 while on the go.



Siri voice interaction, phone call control, media playback and a wide array of car-friendly apps are all available to drivers who want to retain the Apple experience while on the road.


Essentially the idea is that the driver plugs their iPhone into the car via USB, which instantly ‘handshakes’ with your vehicle. Then instead of having to dangerously fumble about with the phone handset, the driver can keep distraction to a minimum by using the car’s digital systems to access the phone’s applications.

This way you retain all of the essential functionality without compromising on safety.


According to reports from Motoring – Australia’s car review site, later this year many of the newer models offered by Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari and Volvo will be have the CarPlay system built in and ready for customers to make use of it from the moment that they drive away.


Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS product marketing, Greg Josiwak was quoted in saying: “CarPlay has been designed from the ground-up to provide drivers with an incredible experience using their iPhone in the car.”

 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 line-up of auto partners rolling out CarPlay.

Even though CarPlay is only available with a select group of new cars, there is an alternative available to Apple fans who don’t want to buy a new car.

You can still have the CarPlay experience while driving a car that doesn’t have the in-built technology through a series of cunning gadgets that replicate CarPlay functionality.

Mercedes-Benz - Apple "CarPlay"

For now the confirmed apps that will feature CarPlay compatibility are: Spotify, Podcasts, Beats Radio, iHeartRadio and Stitcher.

However, you can expect a growing stable of apps to imitate these initial contributors and it won’t be long before the list of available options grows beyond the viable limits of a single user.

Mercedes-Benz at the Geneva International Auto Show 2014

The real beauty of Apple’s plan for CarPlay is that the system will be continually updated as third parties will be allowed to build compatibility into their apps.

Instead of having a bespoke in-car technology that needs to be replaced every few years, the phone is what drives the CarPlay system and it can be quickly and easily modified to suit the individual user’s needs.

What do you think about Apple’s new CarPlay? Do you think you’ll use it? Let us know in the comments bellow!