Apple and Google are gearing up for yet another battle, and this time it’s over which company gets control over your car’s dashboard. Cupertino first teased its plans to get “iOS in the Car” back at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in 2013, and today Apple officially announced CarPlay along with its first three manufacturing partners.
CarPlay promises to offer seamless integration for your iPhone and your car using Apple’s Siri service. The new dashboard software is designed to be safe for drivers by offering hands-free controls. Just hold down a button in the steering wheel to activate Siri, or if you prefer, simply use the car’s new touchscreen interface to access music, mapping directions, music and more.
The first CarPlay enabled cars will hit the market later this week with vehicles from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo. Apple also announced upcoming partnerships with even more companies including BMW Group, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia Motors, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan Motor Company, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota Motor Corp.
If you want to take advantage of CarPlay you’ll need an iPhone 5, 5c or 5s running iOS 7. The service won’t be coming to any existing cars either, meaning you’ll need to buy a new model later this year.