Apple has now embarked on leaving its mark on cars – the “Carplay” project will now introduce voice controlled applications in automobiles, coupled with a touch on the steering wheel or a swipe on a display screen in the dashboard.
Pioneer Electronics along with Alpine Electronics are working on CarPlay-compatible radios for cars already on the road. Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and Ferrari would start selling car models with Carplay included.
A similar move is being made by Google as well, but Apple seems to have taken a big headstart, making it easier for users to text, email, get directions, select music and make calls while driving.
The cons of this are that CarPlay would work only with an iPhone 5, 5s or 5c and not with iPads. The phones also must be running Apple’s latest software, iOS 7.1. Also, the cost is quite high – getting a Carplay compatible radio and other fitting costs would amount to more than the price of an I Phone – also, the version you would get would be the least expensive one.
Spotify, Beats Music and iHeartRadio, are supposed to be eventually available on CarPlay. However, Facebook, YouTube and other apps won’t be available for safety and legal reasons.
The heart of Carplay is Siri, something that does everything from taking email dictation, reading incoming text messages out load, and scrolling through the system for song requests or different genres of music.
Summoning Siri can be done by touching a button on the steering wheel or CarPlay’s display screen. It surpisingly has clear voice recognition skills and given the precision with which it works, Carplay could go a long way.