It was at WWDC 2013 when we first heard about iOS in the Car, a new feature that extends Apple’s popular mobile platform in automobiles. Several manufacturers have already committed to supporting the feature in their new models, where a modified UI of iOS 7 will be displayed on the in-dash display. Though up till now, Apple hasn’t talked much about this feature, it hasn’t even clarified when it will be launched. Steven Troughton-Smith, a well known developer, has posted a simulation video of iOS in the Car, he previously leaked screenshots of said feature earlier this month.
The video shows off mapping capabilities of iOS in the Car. Smith demonstrates with voice-activated requests for “1 Infinite Loop,” “San Francisco,” and “Ice Cream.” He requests directions to Moscone Center, which are then displayed on both the iPhone as well as the virtual display of the simulator. Troughton-Smith says that this feature exists in the current iOS 7.0.3 firmware, but it takes a lot of work to actually find and activate it. The feature is probably buried deep within the code. It was also discovered in the latest beta of iOS 7.1, which has led many to believe that perhaps iOS in the Car might finally make its debut with iOS 7.1. Apple’s next major iOS update is expected to be released within the coming weeks.
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