Apple Announces CarPlay; Major Auto Makers to Offer Service

By Bryan Shankman

Published 03/04 2014 11:02AM

Updated 03/04 2014 11:08AM

Apple unveils new CarPlay system.
Apple unveils new CarPlay system./Courtesy of Apple
Binghamton (WIVT/CNN) - Apple has announced a new in-car entertainment system called CarPlay which will be available with a number of major automakers.

CarPlay will allow drivers to access their music libraries, makes calls, listen to and dictate text messages and more via a touch screen and buttons on the steering wheel.

Popular services such as Google Maps, Spotify and Apple's voice command program Siri will also be accessible via CarPlay.

Ferrari, Volvo, and Mercedes-Benz will the first car companies to offer this service in their vehicles. GM, BMW, Honda, Hyundai, and Toyota will offer the service “down the road” – according to Apple.

Cell-phone use is a leading contributor to distracted driver accidents that lead to 3,328 deaths in 2012 according to a government statistic.

CarPlay “lets drivers use their iPhone in the car with minimum distraction.” says Greg Joswiak, Apple’s VP of iPhone and iOS product marketing.

For more information, read this CNN report.

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