Although we’ve heard rumors that iOS 7 will be possibly releasing at WWDC, along with an overhauled interface, it seems that Apple is attempting to integrate iOS within the vehicles for easier hands-free access with Siri and Apple Maps. According to a new report from 9to5mac’s Mark Gurman, Apple is working with car manufacturers, and is adamant of having the iPhone connected to a center console where it would be able to display, or mirror, Maps and/or Siri information onto that screen:
According to people familiar with the plans, Apple is working with car makers on updated versions of car center consoles that could attach to iOS devices like the iPhone. Specifically, an iPhone could be plugged into a car and an optimized, redesigned version of Apple Maps will appear on the car’s built-in display instead of a proprietary GPS system found in many cars.
Back at WWDC 2012, Apple was beginning to launch an initiative where cars would be able to have a dedicated button for hands-free Siri. That plan was actually well thought out, however, we never really saw that play out with most car manufacturers. It wasn’t actually until these past few months that we saw these type of features hitting specific vehicles. Chevrolet was first to have a car that contained one of these “Siri” buttons, and Apple has even collaborated with Volkswagen on creating the “iBeetle”, which is of course centric of having your iOS device connected to your car.
Without a doubt, Apple is making an aggressive, and rather quick, move to having iOS deeply integrated within cars. Apple’s SVP of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, also happens to sit on the board of directors at Ferrari, and early this year, Ferrari began to equip its cars with iPad minis. Coincidence? I think not!
Several patents have leaked over the years showing Apple’s ideas with cars, however, I think this is a much more subtle way to get Apple into the automotive field, rather than building an iCar themselves. What are your thoughts? Do you think you’d get acustom to using iOS on your car’s dashboard? Let us know in the comments below, or on Twitter!