A developer option in the latest beta of Apple’s iOS 7 shows controls for “iOS in the Car” via both USB and Wi-Fi. This suggests the company’s AirPlay protocol may be used to stream visual and audio data to supported automotive console systems.
According to Hamza Sood, who discovered the options in the iOS 7 beta’s “Accessory Developer” settings menu, the three toggle switches seen above are preferences linked to Apple’s AirPlay.
Apple’s iOS in the Car made its debut at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June. As an extension of Siri Eyes Free, the feature grants access to basic phone functions, but goes further by displaying a customized version of iOS on an infotainment system’s screen.
A wireless protocol would bring a greater level of convenience and flexibility to users of iOS in the Car. An iPhone would be able to send Siri, Maps, music, and other info to an auto’s receiver without the device needing to be removed form the user’s pocket or handbag.
Automotive manufacturers reported to be planning to adopt Apple’s second-screen iOS in the Car capabilities include Honda, Acura, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Infiniti, Ferrari, Chevrolet, Hyundai, Kia, Volvo, Opel and Jaguar.