Integrated phone technology is the big theme at this year’s Geneva Motor Show with carmakers Volvo, Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari all getting in on the act. A new system by Apple – named CarPlay – lets drivers access phone applications on the road.
Ferrari is using the system in its new FF model, as is Volvo, in its XC90 SUV. For now, Mercedes has not said which models will get CarPlay, but expects both its S- and C-Class ranges to be compatible.
A nice idea, though there are limits.
Auto industry analyst Anna Buettner from IHS Automotive explained: “What it really allows you to do is render what you have on your phone on your in-vehicle screen. For sure it’s going to be [things like] your Apple Maps, for navigation, phone functions, music functions. When it comes to social networking apps, they’re going to limit it. They’re not going to allow you to have full access to Facebook like you have it on your phone. They’re gonna probably reduce it to two-liners, that type of thing.”