In-car systems to-date are somewhat unappealing. BlackBerry’s QNX, Telsa and Ford have all done an impressive job over the past few years to bring more life to the car with touchscreen displays and new features.
More and more automobile makers are stepping up to make the screen in your vehicle another source of information and revenue. Apple is rumoured to jump into the game. A report from the Financial Times states that they will team up with higher-end automobile manufacturers — Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo — to develop the ‘smart car’ or ‘connected car’ of the future by embedding iOS within the vehicle.
The overall design of “iOS in the car” is the same as what the iPhone and iPad currently looks like with iOS 7. The FT notes that “Drivers will be able to use Apple Maps as in-car navigation, as well as listen to music and watch films. Calls can be made through the system, which will tie into the Siri voice recognition platform so that messages can be read to the driver who can respond by dictating a reply.”
Apple declined to comment on the rumour, but the sources note the plans will be unveiled at next week’s Geneva Motor Show.