General Motors announced that their 2016 model lineup infotainment system will be compatible with Apple CarPlay. Apple CarPlay does not come as a car infotainment system. It is able to work once you plug in your iPhone to the car’s USB port and it appears as an optional for the central infotainment system. On top of that, it is compatible only with iPhone running on iOS 7.1 onwards.
One of the benefits of Apple CarPlay is that the driver can make use of the Siri function of the iOS. Therefore, if the driver wants to go somewhere, he can just send a voice command, like “Where is the nearest Starbucks” and Siri will do the job for him. In this way, he does not have to take his eyes off the road and thus minimizing the possibility of having an accident.
According to Engadget, Apple has made CarPlay accessible to automakers to make their own apps to offer convenience to their consumers. Therefore, by accessing the automaker’s app on the Apple CarPlay, the car owners will be able to monitor the fuel economy or locating the vehicle. It is as announced by Apple during its annual Worldwide Developers Conference among other new features and updates by the company.
Furthermore, automakers such as Hyundai, Volvo, Mercedes Benz, BMW and Volkswagen are exploring the idea of implementing the app on Apple Watch.