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Using the voice assistant Siri, Apple's new system can connect the iPhone to a car's audio system. The technology gives drivers’ voice-controlled music, maps, contacts, and message. It is a more advanced way to connect a car's entertainment and information systems to an iPhone. Apple CarPlay connects to iPhones using the Lightning Connector to pull data and information directly from the iPhone, while at the same time charging the smartphone in the process. Not only can the iPhone be controlled via voice, but also the technology allows the iPhone to be controlled through the car's native touchscreen dashboard interface or with the dashboard buttons, including the buttons on the steering wheel.
Music and music apps like Spotify, iTunes Radio, and other third-party music applications can be accessed by CarPlay and played through the stereo system of the car. Music tracks can be found manually, or via Siri voice control request for a track or artist. In addition to music, CarPlay uses Siri to allow drivers to access messages and have them read aloud. Drivers are able to reply via voice, access their contacts on their iPhone, make calls, and access a variety of other voice commands. Furthermore, Apple's mapping service can be accessed by CarPlay. Drivers can use the system to have Apple Maps anticipate destinations based upon information relating to contacts, emails, text messages, as well as recent trips. It functions in a manner similar to Google's Now digital assistant.
CarPlay does require special equipment supporting Apple's iPhone, which means car manufacturers are building this technology into new cars. Car makers Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo began this process and others car makers like BMW, Ford, General Motors (Vauxhall in the UK), Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Land Rover, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Citroen, Subaru, Suzuki, and Toyota followed with integration of Apple's Car Play in certain new vehicles. However, Pioneer has launched the SPH-DA120, which is able to integrate the CarPlay system into some cars already on the road. It is the first after market infotainment system to run the Apple CarPlay technology. The Pioneer system has a 6.2-inch 800x480 touchscreen display and can be installed in a large number of modern vehicles in the place of existing car audio systems. Of course, an upgraded in car entertainment system can add value to your vehicle - to see how much your car is worth, value my car at The Car Buying Group.
Whether using the CarPlay system in a new car or through after-market technology, drivers will need an iPhone 5 or later to use the features of CarPlay. Other possible uses of Pioneer SPH-DA120 is with DVD players that have screens mounted into the headrests or have CarPlay display what is behind the vehicle when putting the car into reverse. Use of the Pioneer system may require converter cables if the car does not have standard ISO connections as well as a special cable or adaptor if the car has an existing USB port.