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Apple Gives CarPlay a Spin at Code/Mobile (Video)

Apple showed off its CarPlay technology at the Code/Mobile Conference in Half Moon Bay.

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Apple chose a couple flashy sets of wheels — a fire-engine red 1969 Chevrolet Camaro and a jet black Hyundai Sonata — to attract attention to a new feature that connects iPhones to a car’s sound system.

CarPlay allows drivers to use the vehicle’s controls to activate Siri, place calls, use the navigation system, listen to music or access messages — all without picking up their iPhone.

In a demonstration at the Code/Mobile conference in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Apple showed off a new Pioneer audio system with the familiar Apple iPhone icons on its broad touchscreen. Apple’s familiar interface was also integrated into the Hyundai Sonata’s steering wheel on its in-dash touchscreen.

With the touch of a finger, we launched Siri, asked her to play some music (Adele), composed a message and found directions to the nearest Italian restaurant. We also used the touchscreen to launch apps like Spotify, and chose a message recipient by scrolling through a list of recent contacts.

Alpine and Pioneer will make radios incorporating CarPlay, while automakers Ferrari and Hyundai will offer CarPlay in their 2015 model-year vehicles. Some 30 car manufacturers, including high-end Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Volvo, as well as mass market car companies like Ford, General Motors and Toyota, have announced plans to incorporate CarPlay in future vehicles.

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