2014 Geneva Auto Show: Apple Unveils CarPlay System

Mar 03, 2014 11:05 AM EST | Matt Mercuro

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Apple unveiled an updated version of its iOS in the Car system called CarPlay this week at the Geneva Motor Show, according to Reuters.

The integrated iPhone voice-control system, which allows drivers to access both iOS and Siri, debuted in Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo vehicles at the show.

Apple demonstrated the system at the show, proving that drivers can now control their iPhone devices through touch and voice activation, according to the U.S.-based company.

Automakers have recently provided limited access to smartphones through Bluetooth technology, but through a new dashboard-mounted display and speaker setup, Apple is hoping to integrate iPhone functionality "more seamlessly," according to Reuters.

"CarPlay gives iPhone users an incredibly intuitive way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch," said Apple in a statement.

CarPlay allows drivers and occupants to access to contacts stored on iPhone devices, make calls, and listen to voicemails, all without using their hands.

Maps, music and messages can also be accessed "with just a word or a touch", Apple said this week, according to Reuters.

Drivers will be able to listen to text messages and form responses by using the company's voice-activated Siri software. This should help prevent drivers from manually sending a text message instead of focusing on the road ahead, which is illegal in many states.

CarPlay will also be available in vehicles released from automakers like BMW, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Subaru, and Toyota Motor Corp.

The system is currently available for phones like the iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, and iPhone 5C.

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