the con­nected car

Australian T3 - - OPINION -

In-car in­no­va­tion has at last hit crit­i­cal mass, Ford’s Sync leader be­ing joined by Ap­ple and An­droid in a hands-free fight to gain driver-as­sist­ing dash­board dom­i­nance. While the Open Au­to­mo­tive Al­liance sees Audi, Honda and Gen­eral Mo­tors sign up to hard­wire in the lat­ter, Ap­ple’s just-an­nounced iOS in­te­gra­tion hub CarPlay (pic­tured, see more on p17) is rolling out to Fer­rari, Mercedes and Jaguar. With 4G con­tracts soon a de­sir­able op­tion and “smart roads” in de­vel­op­ment, ev­ery mo­tor is set to be a four-wheeled ex­ten­sion of your smart­phone – but hope­fully with a bet­ter bat­tery. ope­nau­toal­liance.net, ap­ple.com/au/ios/carplay

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