Last week, Apple introduced CarPlay: “a system for converting your vehicle’s in-car entertainment system into an iOS-powered dashboard fed content and brains by your phone.” The long list of manufacturers who will support it by this year is impressive and I assume the rest of the car manufacturers will support it soon as well. Additionally, as Ford has said it will do, most car manufacturers will probably end up supporting all phone operating systems and be mostly device agnostic.
Turning the built-in dashboard display over the the phones makes so much sense. First and foremost, safety. By using the display for navigation or for scrolling through contacts to call or selecting music, drivers can avoid looking at the smaller screen of their phone. Second, the phone provides instant connectivity and opens up the entertainment system to apps and ensures that it’s always up to date.