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Picture this: You are driving in your 2014 car en route to a restaurant and your wife texts you that you’ll have to sit at the bar for two hours before there’s any hope of getting a table and some eats.
Instead, she’s quickly makes a new reservation at a trendy restaurant in another town, but you have no clue how to get there.
Enter iOS in the Car, an in-dash system integrated with your iPhone 5 and loaded up with Apple Maps and Siri. (Cynics will say “uh-oh” at the Apple Maps and Siri part, but we digress.)
Apple says iOS in the car, with an assist from Siri and Apple Maps, can retrieve physical addresses from text messages and email, and give you turn by turn driving directions to your destination.
Both your wife and digestive system should be very happy at the news if the system works like Apple claims it does.
Amidst Apple’s flurry of announcements today about iOS 7 and its new iPhone 5S and $99 plastic-encased iPhone 5C, comes new details about iOS in the Car.
The new in-dash system, slated to arrive in 2014 in certain automobile models, connects to your iPhone 5 and would enable drivers and passengers to get turn by turn directions, traffic updates, and hands-free access to text-message viewing.
Siri would read you the text messages (this should be very interesting), and you can dictate replies to Siri, as well, Apple says.
“iOS in the Car knows when you’re leaving home for work — or vice versa — and displays traffic conditions and your ETA (estimated time of arrival),” Apple says.
Other features include:
- Siri retrieving and playing your voicemails and returning missed calls upon request;
- Onboard controls would steer your music listening, including audiobooks, podcasts, audio apps, and of course iTunes Radio, and,
- Apple Maps would be able to retrieve addresses from texts or emails and give you turn-by-turn directions to get you there.