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iOS 7 to Integrate Maps and Siri into Cars

by Todd Haselton | April 30, 2013April 30, 2013 8:30 am PDT

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Do you trust Apple Maps yet? We hope so, because the company is apparently betting that new features in iOS 7 will allow it to seamlessly integrate, along with Siri, into your car. 9to5Mac said it learned from sources that Apple is in cahoots with car manufacturers to help both solutions easily work with in-car software systems. That means, instead of either putting your iPhone on the dashboard or relying on your car’s own navigation system, you can use both Siri and Apple Maps directly through your car’s console.

9to5Mac said it learned that drivers will be able to see a “video out or mirrored display representation of the iPhone’s Maps app on the bigger screens included with most modern vehicles.” We assume this means that cars will need to come equipped with some form of input that allows a user to plug his or her iPhone directly into the console. Similar support already exists with Eyes-Free Siri, but the company is apparently working to take that one step further. GM currently takes advantage of the tech, as do several other auto makers, but TomTom still provides the mapping software.

We expect that Apple will discuss Siri and Google Maps in detail during its WWDC 2013 keynote on June 10.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...