At its Worldwide Developers Conference keynote yesterday, Apple showed off what integration of Siri and Maps with your car’s center console would look like. Apple is working with car manufacturers to integrate iOS’s Maps and Siri services with their automobiles.
At WWDC 2013, Apple unveiled iOS in the Car, a new platform that mirrors your iPhone on your in-car display. The company has been working with numerous car makers to get Siri into automobiles but iOS in the Car takes “integration to a whole other level” by letting you access your Maps, messages, and other services without having to take your eyes off the wheel.
“Ninety-five percent of cars sold today have integrated music playback and control from an iOS device, but we want to take this integration to a whole ’nother level,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of software and services.
Users will be able to place a phone call, play music, access and display Apple Maps and and view iMessages, via either the car’s controls or voice commands to Siri issued through the car’s sound system.
Siri will also be able to read iMessages aloud and transcribe dictated responses as part of Apple’s Eyes Free capabilities.
A number of automobile manufacturers are on board, they include: Honda, Mercedes, Nissan, Ferrari, Chevrolet, Kia, Hyundai, Volvo, Jaguar, and others. The companies are planning to incorporate the services into their vehicles beginning with the 2014 model year.