Apple's CarPlay, announced earlier this year, is the first substantial move the tech giant has made in to the realm of transport.
If an infotainment system is installed in a vehicle, it must work well. Unlike hooking your iPhone up as a music player, you will need to use it every time you drive, and so it must be intuitive, slick, and useful for the driver.
The iPad and iPhone maker's CarPlay system brings connectivity to cars as one of these systems -- using a custom iOS interface on your car's interactive dashboard to display maps, navigation data, traffic updates, and content from iTunes and audio applications. In addition, you will be able to use Siri to voice command the system -- or through a button on the steering wheel -- so users can make calls, listen to and send messages.
Third-party apps, including Spotify and iHeartRadio, are also supported. CarPlay is available as an update to iOS 7 and works with Lightning-enabled iPhones, including the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5.
Car manufacturers that plan to release CarPlay in the future include BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Jaguar, Kia, Toyota and Nissan.