In November of last year I got a hands on with Chevy’s integration of Siri in the car. The experience was far from remarkable, but nevertheless was a step in the right direction, at least in terms of iOS in a vehicle. And today, Apple made it official that iOS – not just Siri – will be coming to a variety of cars in 2014. The included brands are Honda, Mercedes, Ferrari, Nissan, Chevy, Infinity, Kia, Hyundai, Acura, Volvo, Opel, and Jaguar.
And when iOS in the car does launch, you can expect a UI that roughly mimics that of your iOS device. With the feature active you’ll be able to pull up directions, view or be read your iMessages, make phone calls, and play music. You’ll of course also be able to use Siri to initiate a number of function, which should be available via the car’s stock steering wheel controls and speakerphone system.
Apple hasn’t said which manufacturer will be the first to launch iOS in the car, but if I had to guess I’d say Chevy, since they were the first car maker to integrate the voice recog system in their line of vehicles.