iPhone mirroring, nav, more Siri integration for the car coming in 2014

At Apple’s annual world-wide developers’ conference (WWDC) event today in Los Angeles, the company announced a new version of its mobile phone operating system, iOS 7, which promises deeper integration with the car entertainment systems from at least 8 auto makers.

Shown very briefly in between announcements for new laptops, desktops and operating systems, the team from Apple announced that eight auto makers are working to bring iPhone (and possibly iPad) mirroring to their entertainment and nav systems from 2014 onwards.

Mirroring will allow the large, usually touchscreen, entertainment systems to display basic controls for the phone, navigation, messaging and music systems from a connected iOS (iPhone or iPad) device. The screenshot gallery above shows a GM (Chevrolet, Holden, etc) MyLink system with turn-by-turn 3D-view navigation via Apple Maps running straight from an iPhone. Also shown was a main screen where the driver or passenger could access the iPhone’s phone, nav, SMS and music apps.

Siri integration will be improved via a better range of voice commands, improved interaction voices, and the ability to read out SMS messages and the like.

So far the following car makers are confirmed to be working on deeper iOS and Siri integration:

  • GM brands Chevrolet and Opel were explicitly sounded out, so this presumably means that Buick, GMC and Holden are on-board too, and possibly Cadillac as well.
  • Ferrari. Corporate stablemate Maserati wasn’t mentioned, nor was parent company Fiat.
  • Honda and Acura.
  • Hyundai and Kia.
  • Jaguar, which means that we can more than safely assume that Land Rover and Range Rover are included too.
  • Mercedes-Benz, but Smart wasn’t mentioned.
  • Nissan and Infiniti.
  • Volvo.
Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]