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In Brief: Apple Announces CarPlay Dashboard Interface

By Norman Chan

Volvo, Ferrari, and Mercedes-Benz are the first partners.

Dashboard integration was something Apple teased at last year's WWDC, and it's finally being announced as CarPlay. Unsurprisingly, Apple isn't building the physical dashboard units for its partners, but providing a set of standards for iOS integration. Partners--the first of which are Volvo, Ferrari, and Mercedes-Benz--can support CarPlay by incorporating touchscreen and wheel-mounted controls to their vehicles, while iOS devices will pair with the cars over a Lightning cable. CarPlay is basically an H.264 video stream piped from the iOS device, which will display Apple Maps and other native apps on the dash. Google Maps support is unlikely. Third-party music apps like Spotify and Stitcher will also be supported at launch, with more app compatibility to be announced later. Volvo has also released a video demonstrating CarPlay integration on its upcoming XC90 SCUV, which you can watch below.