Apple on Tuesday updated the official partners list for its CarPlay in-vehicle entertainment system, adding nine major auto makers: Abarth, Alfa Romero, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Mazda and Ram, to the list.
The new additions bring the total number of partners to 29. Ferrari, Honda, Hyunda, Mercedes Benz and Volvo have committed to releasing compatible models this year, while the other 24 are listed only as committed partners for “future models.” Audi, for instance, has said it will roll out its CarPlay integration in 2015.
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Apple officially announced CarPlay in March after previewing its iOS in the Car initiative at last year’s WWDC. The system brings Siri voice control, handsfree calls, music and turn-by-turn directions to in-car dashboards. Google unveiled a competing Android Auto platform last week at its I/O conference.
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