Apple wants to integrate Maps and Siri with your car's dashboard

This could soon be on your car's dashboard

Apple seems to be poised to make inroads with its Maps solution. A new report claims that the Cupertino company might try to integrate its products, specifically Siri and Maps into the dashboards of people's cars.

Unnamed sources familiar with Apple's plans have told the folks at 9to5mac that this is indeed the case. Apple is developing a special version of its Maps app that will integrate with a car's dashboard and replace the proprietary built-in GPS solution that commonly found in cars today. Users will then be able to interact with Maps and the rest of iOS via Siri. This will all be possible by connecting an iOS device, probably via Bluetooth, with your car.

Sources say that this solution will most likely come as part of iOS 7 which is expected to launch at WWDC in June. But don't get excited yet, because these same sources mention that it will likely be a while before we actually see this implementation hit markets. Before that happens Apple will need to greatly improve its Maps app, which has received heavy criticism, as well as its voice commands and functions via Siri.

There's no word on which companies will integrate Apple's solutions into their cars. However we can take an educated guess because last year Apple did announce a partnership with BMW, Toyota and Honda among others for its "Eyes-Free Siri" service. It is likely that Apple will partner with these companies once again.

Source: 9to5mac

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Whatever guys. I've gotten bad directions from Google Maps before too. Apple Maps may not have been up-to-snuff when they released it just about a year ago, but it is continuously improving. Seems as accurate at Google Maps in my area. Just like any GPS you need to use your head and not blindly follow it. Always good if you are uncertain to check the directions with another source (which is why I use both Google Maps and Apple Maps).

Anyway, I'd rather Apple, Google, and Microsoft making the software on my car's dash than the car manufacturers. Their interfaces are pure ****. At least if I buy a car with Apple software I know I'll receive updates for more than 6 months!

Apple maps will only get better, but I doubt the intelligence of the commentators here will.

I think the key is that this needs to be an open standard. You might want to integrate iOS, Apple Maps, and Siri with your car. Someone else might want their Android and Google Maps. I want Windows Phone, Nokia Maps, and TellMe.

I would actually welcome this. My thing is that most car manufacturers are putting in touch screen displays for the stereo/gps with pretty my UI design. Most of the UI design isn't well thought out for the car. If Apple/Google/Microsoft could come up with a unique way to integrate their phones into cars and work as a stereo/gps display that would be so much better.

Integrate Apple Maps with my dashboard and you might as well integrate my face with the airbag because it'll make me drive off a cliff.

Enron said,
Integrate Apple Maps with my dashboard and you might as well integrate my face with the airbag because it'll make me drive off a cliff.

So what you're saying is that you're one of those people that blindly follows a GPS's direction...am I reading this right?

_dandy_ said,

So what you're saying is that you're one of those people that blindly follows a GPS's direction...am I reading this right?

That is how I read it.

If true, Apple really shouldn't even be considering such a thing until their maps product is mature and much, MUCH better. They think the criticism of their maps app was bad, this would be a lot worse.

M_Lyons10 said,
If true, Apple really shouldn't even be considering such a thing until their maps product is mature and much, MUCH better. They think the criticism of their maps app was bad, this would be a lot worse.

Its a chicken and the egg scenario though. It really can't get better until people start using it. At least with Apple the software would be regularly updated. The current dashboard software situation is terrible. You want to get lost? Use the integrated GPS from a vehicle just 3-4 years ago...

hopefully the image used doesn't reflect where apple maps thinks that co-ordinate is

The building looked interesting so I looked it up on googlemaps .
The coordinates is a fire boat station on lake shore and the pic is of the Reva and David Logan Center for the Artsmore, Chicago ,this is about 5 miles south of the coordinates.

Mal1 said,
hopefully the image used doesn't reflect where apple maps thinks that co-ordinate is

The building looked interesting so I looked it up on googlemaps .
The coordinates is a fire boat station on lake shore and the pic is of the Reva and David Logan Center for the Artsmore, Chicago ,this is about 5 miles south of the coordinates.


Hahaha

-adrian- said,
>and replace the proprietary built-in GPS solution
impying ios maps would not be proprietary

I'm sure they meant "inbuilt" or "stock".

Would pointing out that those images were from the initial release and look fine now in Apple Maps make any difference to you guys?

The biggest complaint about Apple Maps were the poor 3d hybrid images...but seriously, who navigates with those in a vehicle? It's funny but hardly as big of a deal as people make out of it. Apple Maps has some problems in areas around the world, but for the most part it is accurate in the US.