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With the smartphone battle spilling into the driver’s seat, Apple has signed up nine more manufacturers for CarPlay.

Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Mazda and Ram have all been added, according to Apple’s Web site.

CarPlay, like Google’s just-introduced Android Auto, is designed to allow someone that already owns a smartphone to take that experience into the car with a safer, car-friendly experience that taps voice recognition and a vehicle’s existing in-car navigation display.

A number of those manufactures newly committing to CarPlay are also supporting Android Auto, including Chrysler, Audi and Alfa Romeo.

Apple has said to expect CarPlay to start showing up in models later this year.

CarPlay taps Siri to allow drivers to make calls, listen to voice mail and hear incoming alerts and messages. Integration with maps allows turn-by-turn directions to show up on the vehicle’s infotainment system, while on the audio side, CarPlay supports iTunes radio, podcasts and certain third-party apps including Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio and Beats Music.


It will be available in Audi but no listing of VW?  I thought Audi owned VW?


Worth noting that seven of these brands are owned by Fiat (all except Audi and Mazda), so this isn't as big a coup for Apple as it might appear. Chrysler's pre-Fiat infotainment systems were quite good so it'll be interesting to see how their CarPlay implementations fare.


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