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Apple seeks CarPlay integration with Toyota, Ford, BMW, Nissan and other cars

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Apple’s iOS 7.1 update adds CarPlay support, a feature that integrates iPhone with the in-dash display of a car. Announced in early March at the Geneva International Motor Show, CarPlay debuted in Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo vehicles.

Apple said it plans to bring CarPlay to a wide range of vehicles in the future, though no specific date is available. Car maker Toyota posted an update on its official blog Thursday (March 13). “No announcements have been made about if and when Apple CarPlay will arrive in Toyota cars,” said Toyota.

This statement follows a premature post on Wednesday claiming that CarPlay was coming to Toyota vehicles in 2015. “A previous version of this article said Apple CarPlay would be in Toyota cars from 2015. This is incorrect and we are happy to put the matter straight,” reads the blog post.

Calling it the “best iPhone experience on four wheels”, Apple offers iPhone users control of their device through the car’s built-in knobs, buttons and dashboard screen. Apple lists Toyota as a potential CarPlay candidate, so drivers may see iPhone dashboard integration inside the Japanese maker’s cars in the future.

Including Toyota, Apple is also currently in the works of partnering up with the following automakers for CarPlay integration in next generation vehicles: BMW, Ford, General Motors, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia Motors, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot Citroen, Subaru and Suzuki.

According to Volvo, CarPlay will be a staple inside of its next-gen fleet of cars. "In the coming generation Volvo cars, Apple CarPlay is part of your in car experience," said Volvo in an advertisement.

“iPhone users always want their content at their fingertips and CarPlay lets drivers use their iPhone in the car with minimized distraction. We have an amazing lineup of auto partners rolling out CarPlay,” vice president of iPhone and iOS Product Marketing at Apple, Greg Joswiak, said.

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