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FCA signs on for Apple CarPlay

by Bill Cawthon on

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has joined other carmakers in supporting Apple’s new CarPlay. All FCA brands except Ferrari and Maserati will offer the system, which promises to seamlessly integrate iPhones with in-car infotainment systems to create a safer system that reduces driver distraction, which is blamed for thousands of traffic fatalities each year.

CarPlay features Apple’s Siri voice control and is adapted for drivers. Drivers can ask Siri to perform several functions, including reading received messages. The system also works with the vehicle’s regular controls, whether they are knobs, buttons, or a touchscreen.

Apps for use in the vehicle have been adjusted to permit hands-free, eyes-free operation to reduce driver distraction.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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