Apple will be launching its iOS for cars at next week’s Geneva Motor Show according to sources cited by the Financial Times.
A number of car manufacturers, such as Ferrari, Mercedez-Benz, and Volvo, are expected to be on board for including the operating system in their cars, which includes Apple features like Apple Maps, full Siri integration, and third-party apps such as Spotify and Beats Radio displayed in the dashboard. According to Apple, the company was striving to create an “eyes-free” experience that lets drivers access a variety of apps and functions completely through command.
The iOS for cars, which was today named CarPlay, was first revealed last year at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) where Apple announced that they were partnering with the three major car manufacturers. There are a number of other manufacturers believed to be involved in the future.
The timing of the announcement at the Geneva Motor Show appears to fall in line with the rumored March release of iOS 7.1, which was reported by 9 to 5 Mac earlier this year. This isn’t in the first time that Apple has made a play to get inside people’s cars. As far back as 2005 it announced iPod integration with car stereos in a partnership with a handful of manufacturers. Nearly ten years on, the company is making another leap for automobile with a specialized OS.
According to a report from Apple Insider, the in-car operating system has been delayed since WWDC due to organizational issues in getting it prepared for the market.