“iOS in the Car” is now CarPlay, headed to a car near you

iOS in the Car, which was announced last year with iOS 7, is now ready to hit prime time–and the service is also getting a new name: CarPlay.

“CarPlay has been designed from the ground up to provide drivers with an incredible experience using their iPhone in the car,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS Product Marketing. “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 lineup of auto partners rolling out CarPlay, and we’re thrilled it will make its debut this week in Geneva.”

According to Apple’s announcement this morning, CarPlay will be available starting as early as this week in vehicles from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo. Others, such as BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota as noted by Apple, will start shipping cars equipped with CarPlay later this year.

The service will be featuring expanded Siri functionality including the ability to send, receive, and read text messages on your device. CarPlay will also look at your device calendar and email to provide predictive directions and the like.

[Apple via MacRumors]

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