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CarPlay displaying a phone call
Original author(s) Apple Inc.
Developer(s) Apple Inc.
Initial release 2014 (2014)
Development status Active
Operating system iOS 7.1 onwards
Platform iPhone 5 onwards
Available in English
Type Telematics
License Proprietary commercial software

CarPlay (previously announced as iOS in the Car) is a new standard Apple Inc. introduced for its iOS devices to be able to work with manufacturers' built-in in-car systems. CarPlay is available for all iPhones that use the Lightning connector and operate iOS 7.1 or later.[1]


The aim of CarPlay is to provide direct access to iOS device functionality, control, and usage, directly via the manufacturers native in-car control systems. The initial timescale for release is from 2014, on some car models by selected manufacturers.

Integration is aimed for several functions that iOS devices currently incorporate, these include:[1]

Car manufacturers and brands[edit]

At the 2013 WWDC keynote, Apple's senior vice president (SVP) of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, announced some of the many manufacturers that are planning to include the functionality from 2014 onwards.[1] Others, like BMW, initially announced they were not going to include the functionality, but later back-pedaled changing their position to possibly introducing the standard to their vehicles.[2][3] So far the list of manufacturers and brands who have shown interest in CarPlay and/or Siri Eyes Free includes:

Early and/or interesting implementations[edit]

A preview of CarPlay running inside a vehicle
  • November 2013, Honda and Acura: Siri Eyes Free mode added as dealer-installed accessory in the US to selected 2013-14 Honda Accord and 2013 Acura RDX & ILX models, with deeper integration announced for later.[7]
  • December 2013, Honda: additional integration, featuring new HondaLink services, controlled by Honda's Launcher app which finds, organizes, quickly integrates, and gives fast access to Honda-approved third-party apps for use on Honda's "Display Audio" 7-inch screen system. Available on 2014 Civic, 2015 Fit models in the US and Canada.[8]


Apple first announced the introduction of a new in-vehicle extended iOS functionality as "iOS in the Car" at their WWDC on June 10, 2013,[1] although during development its codename was Stark. iOS 7.1 beta 1 and 2 include some settings about what was then iOS in the Car, hinting it would soon get released.[9] According to January 2014 reports, iOS in the Car had been delayed by organizational issues at Apple, as Apple executives "didn't quite know what to do" with the software and the development group had to "lobby hard" for stage time at the 2013 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).[10]

On March 3, 2014, Apple announced via a press release and updated pages on their website, that the service is to have a change of name to CarPlay, as well as announcing some further manufacturers that will make integrations to their newer vehicles, and that CarPlay will work with the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, and all new iPhones moving forward.[4][11]

See also[edit]

  • MirrorLink – device interoperability standard, offering integration between smartphone and a car's infotainment system.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Cue, Eddy; Cook, Tim; Federighi, Craig; Ive, Jony; et al. (June 10, 2013). WWDC 2013 Keynote. Moscone West, San Francisco, California: Apple Inc. Event occurs at c. 1 hour, 25 minutes, to end. Retrieved June 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ Neff, John (June 12, 2013). "Why BMW doesn't plan to integrate Apple's iOS in the Car [UPDATE]". Autoblog. Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ Nica, Gabriel (June 11, 2013). "Apple Unveils Upcoming Car iOS. Might Be Installed on BMWs Too [Video]". Auto Evolution. Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Mayo, Benjamin (March 3, 2014). "Apple rebrands iOS in the Car as CarPlay, compatible vehicles launching later this year". 9to5Mac. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  5. ^ Smith, John (June 25, 2013). "Ford Seeking "Seamless" iOS 7 in the Car Connectivity". Gotta Be Mobile. Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  6. ^ Hughes, Neil (June 12, 2012). "Nine auto makers partner with Apple for 'Eyes Free' Siri support". AppleInsider. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  7. ^ Slivka, Eric (November 26, 2013). "Siri Eyes Free Now Available for Select Honda and Acura Vehicles, Deeper Integration Coming Soon". MacRumors. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  8. ^ Slivka, Eric (December 3, 2013). "Honda Boosts iOS Car Integration with New HondaLink Services for 2014 Civic, 2015 Fit". MacRumors. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  9. ^ Steeber, Michael (December 13, 2013). "iOS 7.1 likely to unlock Apple’s upcoming iOS in the Car feature". 9to5Mac. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  10. ^ Cole, Shane (January 28, 2014). "Organizational strife said to bedevil Apple's iOS in the Car initiative". AppleInsider. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Apple Rolls Out CarPlay Giving Drivers a Smarter, Safer & More Fun Way to Use iPhone in the Car". Apple. March 3, 2014. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 

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