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Can Apple’s ‘iOS in the Car’ Improve Driving Experience?


It’s been more than eight months since Apple first previewed iOS in the car, a system designed to put Apple’s Siri, Maps, and other services in automobile dashboards.Now that vision could be closer to a reality.

According to the Financial Times, Apple and a handful of automakers plan to show off the first wave of cars with the feature at the Geneva Motor Show. Citing sources, The Times says Ferrari, Mercedez-Benz and Volvo will all show off models that incorporate it. Those companies declined to comment on the report, though they were named last year in a group of early adopters that also included Honda, Nissan, Chevrolet, Kia, Hyundai and Jaguar.

The timing of the show — which takes place between March 6 to 16 — could coincide with iOS 7.1, the first major update to iOS 7 since the software was released last fall. A video that was released last month showed major changes to Apple’s iOS in the car interface in a beta version of the software given to developers for testing. Of course the actual automobiles might not come out until later this year, or beyond. A report from 9to5Mac earlier this month pegged iOS 7.1’s release for sometime in March, with the update making a number of cosmetic changes and fixing bugs.


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