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Mercedes-Benz Introduces Apple CarPlay In C-Class

In-car infotainment systems have come a long way from AM radio and 8-track tapes. Today, almost every automaker has a different type of infotainment system each with unique interfaces and quirks. This fragmentation of infotainment systems can make driving different cars a hassle. There is little, if any uniformity between cars of different makes.

So, when Apple revealed its new CarPlay technology at this year’s Geneva Auto Show, people and automakers took notice. While the CarPlay technology will crop up in a number of different automakers over the coming years, Apple CarPlay will first makes its way into the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which is due later this year. Be sure to visit your Mercedes-Benz dealer today for more information about the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. To test drive a Mercedes-Benz C-Class, visit Mercedes-Benz of Tucson.

CarPlay works by bringing smartphone integration right into the car—taking Apple’s iOS and placing it front and center on the console. Properly updated iPhones 5s, 5c or 5 running iOS 7 will work with the system when connected to the car via a Lightning cable. Even with Apple being the driving force behind the new system, each will be slightly different depending on the automaker. Mercedes equipped cars will control CarPlay through the remote dial-and-screen-based COMAND system.

Apps like music, maps and podcasts will be available at launch, with third-party apps like Spotify, Stitcher and Beats Radio also being available. There are no specifics about social media apps, though if Apple is aiming to make driving safer with CarPlay, apps like Facebook and Twitter shouldn’t be coming anytime soon. Apple also alluded that in-car WiFi could be a possibility.

In cars with navigation, Apple says that CarPLay will transfer the functions of the Maps app to the car, attempting to anticipate destinations based  on recent trips via contacts, emails or texts. Maps will provide directions, traffic conditions and estimated times of arrival.

Like most current infotainment systems, CarPlay will have a voice feature as well in the form of Siri, who will be playing a prominent role as your in-car assistant. Siri will be able to access your contacts, make calls, return missed calls and listen to voicemails. When an incoming message or notification arrives, Siri will read those aloud and you can then dictate your response.

If you want to experience Apple’s CarPlay technology, visit your Mercedes-Benz dealer today.