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.