During the WWDC 2013 opening keynote, one of the first iOS 7 features to be shown was, iOS in the Car, a new function that integrates your iOS device with your navigation system.
If the vehicle is equipped with iOS in-car support, you can connect iPhone 5 and operate it through the car’s display and controls or through Siri’s Eyes Free feature. In this simple and safe way you can make phone calls, play music, send messages, look up directions and much more, all without taking your eyes off the road.
Well, recently a new option has been discovered in iOS beta 7 that shows the controls for “iOS in the car” via USB and WiFi, which suggests the company’s AirPlay protocol can be used to transmit visual and audio data to infotainment systems in compatible cars.
According Hamza sood, which was the one who discovered the options in the iOS 7 beta “Developer Accessories” settings menu, the top three toggles Apple’s AirPlay-related preferences.
Although it appears that “normal” USB connections will continue to be an option for iOS in the car, the new support for the wireless protocol would bring a higher level of convenience for users. With AirPlay via WiFi, an iPhone can play Siri, maps, music, communications and other information to the car receiver without removing the mobile from the user’s pocket or bag.
At the moment, you could say that Apple is running only in the race to bring mobile operating systems to cars, and the fact that it has the support of major automakers simply ensures Apple’s success in this endeavor.
Some of the brands that have already confirmed that their vehicles will come with iOS support in the car from the end of this year. Some of the brands that have already made their commitment to iOS in the car public include Honda, Acura, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Infiniti, Ferrari, Chevrolet, Hyundai, Toyola, Kia, Audi, Volvo, Opel, Land Rover and Jaguar.