Alpine to Make CarPlay-Enabled System?

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Nikkei reports Alpine Electronics will be the first vendor to sell a stand-alone in-car infotainment console compatible with CarPlay, the recently revealed "smarter, safer and more fun" means of using iDevices in the car.

CarPlayAccording to the report the console will be first available in Europe, and connects to Lightning-enabled iPhones (5 and up) via cable. It should feature a 7-inch display for maps, use voice commands to access messages, make calls and control media and read out messages and directions.

CarPlay was announced at the Geneva Motor Show 2014 in partnership with Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo, but at the time Apple gave no indication it was to be available within consumer devices.

It is the evolution of "iOS in the Car", the technology presented back at WWDC 2013 by Apple VP and Ferrari aficionado Eddy Cue. According to Apple it "has been designed from the ground up to provide drivers with an incredible experience using their iPhone in the car... iPhone users always want their content at their fingertips and CarPlay lets drivers use their iPhone in the car with minimized distraction.”

Other aftermarket auto solutions makers are reportedly looking int CarPlay-compatible consoles, including Pioneer, Clarion and Kenwood.

Go Alpine to Sell Console for Apple's In-Car Infotainment System (Nikkei)