The iOS Car: Apple Launches CarPlay
Apple has officially announced this morning that they are getting into the car business with iOS for vehicles called CarPlay. CarPlay takes key features of the iPhone and puts them on supported car’s built-in display. Apple says that it is “the smarter, safer and more fun way to use iPhone in the car”.
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With CarPlay, Apple brings to the vehicle its unique design aesthetic found in iOS 7, a robust voice assistant in Siri, and full compatibility with the iOS ecosystem including the iPhone and apps.

Once the driver’s iPhone is connected to a vehicle with CarPlay, users can call, text message, access Apple Maps and iTunes hands-free using Siri or using the touchscreen or knobs and buttons within the car. Siri has been updated to be specifically designed for driving scenarios. As have the apps including Apple Maps, Phone, Messaging and iTunes.

Apple has indicated that its new connected car system will work with apps on your iPhone including Spotify, Beats Radio, Podcasts, iHeart Radio and Stitcher. More apps are expected to revealed at a later time.

Apple CarPlay is available as an update to iOS 7 and works with Lightning-enabled iPhones, including iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5. 
CarPlay will be available in select cars in 2014 from Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo. Exact models have not yet been released. Apple has confirmed that they are also working with other car manufacturers which are committed to using CarPlay in the near future including Ford, Chevrolet, BMW, Nissan and Toyota.
Apple will be debuting CarPlay at the Geneva Motor Show this week.
**UPDATE: Volvo just released a video demoing CarPlay in action, we have included it below**

The iOS Car: Apple Launches CarPlay

Apple has officially announced this morning that they are getting into the car business with iOS for vehicles called CarPlay. CarPlay takes key features of the iPhone and puts them on supported car’s built-in display. Apple says that it is “the smarter, safer and more fun way to use iPhone in the car”.

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Continental and IBM sign connected-car alliance | Cnet
The automotive supplier’s technology is moving toward “highly automated driving,” with IBM servers processing real-time vehicle data so cars can anticipate detailed driving conditions.
via: smartercities

Continental and IBM sign connected-car alliance | Cnet

The automotive supplier’s technology is moving toward “highly automated driving,” with IBM servers processing real-time vehicle data so cars can anticipate detailed driving conditions.

via: smartercities

Wearable Tech - Its Anyone’s Game: Nissan To Enter Smartwatch Space

The connected car meets the connected you with Nissan’s new smartwatch the Nissan Nismo. 

According to the press release:

· First smartwatch concept to connect driver and car
· Nismo Watch showcases Nissan’s intent to deliver biometric data that enhances driver performance and efficiency
· Nissan is investigating heart and brain monitoring technologies for future wearable tech

The watch, unveiled today ahead of its display at the Frankfurt Motor Show (10th – 22nd September 2013), is Nissan’s first step into wearable technology and epitomises its ‘fan first’ approach to performance.

The Nissan Nismo Watch will allow drivers to:

− monitor the efficiency of their vehicle with average speed and fuel consumption readings;

− access vehicle telematics and performance data while on track;

− capture biometric data via a heart rate monitor;

− connect to the car using a smartphone app via Bluetooth Low Energy;

− receive tailored car messages from Nissan;

The Internet of Things Will Make You Smarter

This infographic from SAP illustrates how the Internet of Things (IoT) is making our lives SMARTER! SAP estimates by 2020 the number of ‘things’ connected to the internet will hit 50 billion with the drive towards its transformation coming from consumers rather than enterprises.

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IoT survey says less than 10% of consumers want connected products
The Internet of Things is definitely coming! But how quickly are people ready to adopt this tech? According to the Yankee Group’s survey of 2,300 Americans - the demand right now is very small. Less than 10% of consumers are interested in a variety of connected items including smart thermostats (top of the list at 8%) and internet enabled appliances (6%).

IoT survey says less than 10% of consumers want connected products

The Internet of Things is definitely coming! But how quickly are people ready to adopt this tech? According to the Yankee Group’s survey of 2,300 Americans - the demand right now is very small. Less than 10% of consumers are interested in a variety of connected items including smart thermostats (top of the list at 8%) and internet enabled appliances (6%).

It is predicted that 50 to 100 billion things will be electronically connected by the year 2020. This Internet of Things (IoT) will fuel technology innovation by creating the means for machines to communicate many different types of information with one another.

Are we in the midst of the next industrial revolution? The connected revolution? Alex Moazed, CEO of mobile company Applico thinks so.

Some great moments in this interview:

  • "Period where software is being melded with hardware….its making all this hardware smart and connected".
  • "Changes the paradigm of how we live our lives"

If you can make it through the all too topical segue to the all too topical Yahoo WFH decision which in my opinion is a distraction, the interview is actually a pretty cool announcement to the masses on the steps we are taking to move forward.