Imagine you are driving home and your smartphone starts to ring. Digging it out of your pockets and moving the cursor to unlock it is such a hassle, especially if you are trying to keep your eyes on the road. Everyone struggles with this, and it's not just phone calls that are affected. Playing music, reading texts and viewing maps can be difficult.
Some Volvo vehicles have learned how to get around this. You can use the best features of your Apple iPhone without distracted driving. How is this possible? Simply integrate your iPhone into the car's dashboard and display for easy access.
The app that is changing the way we think about driving is called Apple CarPlay. This app is one of the best iPhone experiences for drivers, provided you have a constant signal. All the driver needs to do is plug the iPhone in and the features will appear on the LCD display in front of them. This means no more fumbling around.
Here are some of the best features that CarPlay has to offer:
- Touch to talk: CarPlay allows users to access calling, texting, music and mapping features by touching the car's LCD display. This works just like the iPhone does. Users can also use Siri to perform certain functions. This can be activated by touching a steering wheel button. CarPlay also works with knobs and dials in the car.
- Apple Maps: Being able to access Apple Maps and get turn-by-turn directions is very useful. CarPlay will also keep you updated on traffic situations and your estimated arrival time. This is displayed easily on the car's dashboard.
- Music: CarPlay is an easy way to enjoy the music stored in your iTunes library. The app can play iTunes Radio if you want a greater variety that goes beyond your normal playlists.
- Additional apps: Please keep in mind that CarPlay can interact with a number of different iPhone apps. Music can be streamed from apps like Spotify, Beats Music or iHeartRadio. CarPlay can even check baseball scores, display live broadcasts, and other functions. Many more apps are becoming compatible with the CarPlay system.
CarPlay is one of the best ways you can utilize your iPhone while driving and it is only available in select Volvo models. Stop messing with your iPhone while driving and take advantage of everything this app has to offer. Find your location on a map, send a text or answer a call from your dash with a quick swipe of your finger, or use your voice to make the whole process even easier.