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Why Apple CarPlay Saves Lives

You always hear how important it is to never text and drive, but how many people actually listen to that advice? According to the CDC, motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of death in the United States. It is estimated that more than 35,000 people lose their lives to motor vehicle accidents. A major reason for many of those accidents is distracted cellphone usage. This is especially the case for drivers who text and browse the web while operating a motor vehicle. 

It’s no secret that driving can take up a lot your time.  And sometimes you will get that super important text message from your boss or that critical email from your coworker which you need to respond to ASAP. So, like many people you probably have picked up the phone or texted away while driving. All whilst accepting that you are putting yourself and others in great risk. But what if there was a safe and responsible way to handle those tricky driving situations?

Enter Voice Recognition

Voice recognition technology has greatly advanced in recent years and can now be used as a primary form of input. This is great news for those times you need to use your phone on the road. Your hands and eyes are usually busy when driving, but your voice is not. And if you own a car equipped with Apple CarPlay you will have access to a highly advanced voice recognition system which will work as your very own personal driving assistant.

Enter CarPlay

Vehicles equipped with Apple CarPlay’s hand free voice recognition system enjoy a variety of features like hands-free texting, hands-free navigational mapping, and hands-free web searches. If you drive with CarPlay you will never have to type that risky text on the highway ever again. Your voice assistant will do it for you! Apple CarPlay connects to your phone seamlessly and all incoming message will be available to read on your CarPlay display. You can also use your CarPlay voice assistant for navigational instructions so that you will never have those awkward mapping on the go moments ever again. Browsing the web for a quick question is also just as easy, all you have to do is direct your question to your CarPlay system and you will get a prompt response. 

How to set up your Apple CarPlay Voice Assistant

  • Step 1: Make sure your car is turned on
  • Step 2:  Enable Siri in your iPhone system settings
  • Step 3: Connect your iPhone to your car via USB or Bluetooth
  • Step 4: Use your car’s specific Voice Command button to activate its voice assistant (Check your vehicle’s manual for more instructions)
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How to Make and Receive Text Messages with Carplay

One of the best features of Apple’s Carplay is the ability it will give you to read and send texts simply, so you’ll stay safe while you are driving. For all of you CarPlay newbies out there, we’ll break down how you can start both sending and reading texts while driving, how to handle text emojis, and what happens when you are dealing with an attachment photo.

There are two ways you can both send and receive text messages when using CarPlay. You can either use CarPlay’s touchscreen, or you can ask Siri for some help. We’ll cover both ways you can send and receive text messages with CarPlay below.

Using the Touchscreen to Send and Receive Texts

You can use the touchscreen on CarPlay to send and receive texts. To get started, follow these steps:

  • Tap on the Messages selection on your CarPlay touchscreen.
  • If you want to hear your unread messages or respond to something, you’ll need to tap on the unread conversation.
  • If you want to send a new text, select the pencil icon you’d use when sending a new text on your iPhone.

Using Siri to Send and Receive Texts

If you prefer to use CarPlay’s hands-free features, then you’ll need Siri’s help to send and receive texts.

  • Activate Siri by saying, “Hey Siri,” or press your steering wheel control, if you have one, to get Siri’s attention.
  • If you want to hear a new text message you just received, then simply say, “Read my text messages.”
  • If you want to send a text message, then say “Text [contact name] I can meet you for dinner tonight.”

Emojis and Attachments

While it’s great that CarPlay can easily read you your texts and dictate your text message responses with Siri, what happens when somebody sends an emoji? CarPlay won’t leave out emojis in texts, so don’t worry. If somebody sent you an emoji of a smiley in a message, CarPlay will read out the emoji’s description when you want to listen to your text messages.

Also, if you want to dictate to Siri to send a particular emoji, you simply describe that emoji. If you want to learn more about how Siri reads emojis out loud, or how to dictate to Siri to send certain emojis, you can check out this YouTube video.

CarPlay’s message system doesn’t handle photo or video attachments in your texts, so it won’t always be a great idea to reply to those types of texts while driving. After all, CarPlay is designed with safety in mind. Even if you use the CarPlay touchscreen to read messages back or to dictate messages, you won’t see the message thread on your CarPlay screen. Apple made CarPlay purposely like this to prevent distractions while you are driving.

Overall, CarPlay makes it much safer for individuals to both read and reply to texts while they are out driving. Using Siri to remain hands-free is probably your best option for safety while driving.

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How to Make and Receive Calls with Carplay

If you are new to CarPlay, and you’re wondering how to both make and answer your calls, then we’ve got you covered. Below we’ll discuss how you can both make and receive calls, how call waiting works, how to handle incoming calls when listening to music, using Siri for hand-free calling, and everything you need to know to get started.

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Outgoing Calls in CarPlay

There are two ways you can make an outgoing call when you are using CarPlay. You can either use the CarPlay touchscreen, or if you prefer to keep things hands-free, you can use Siri. We’ll cover both methods below.

To make a call using your CarPlay touchscreen, follow these steps:

  • Tap the phone button that appears on your CarPlay screen.
  • Tell CarPlay a loud the person’s name you plan to call or tap contacts on your screen.
  • If you tapped contacts on your screen, then tap on the name of the person you are calling.

Most people don’t want to deal with tapping on the screen or scrolling through contacts while driving. Luckily, there is a hands-free way of making calls that is as simple as using Siri. In fact, Siri is probably the easiest way to complete a call while you are driving. However, if you are in a noisy area, Siri might have problems understanding who you want to call. Still for those who want to remain hands free while driving, Siri is the best option. To make a call using Siri, follow the below steps.

  • Say “Hey Siri,” or tap on the on-screen home button.
  • Tell Siri the name of the person you want to call by saying, “Call [insert the name of the person you are calling]”.
  • Then, confirm you want to call that person.

Incoming Calls in CarPlay

Answering your calls in CarPlay is even simpler than making an outgoing call. You can answer your incoming calls using any one of the following methods:

  • Tap on the green phone button on your car’s steering wheel.
  • Tap on the green on-screen button.
  • If you are parked, you can slide to answer the call on your iPhone.

Often car’s steering wheels will have a phone button to accept and initiate calls.

Steering wheel with phone button

Once you answer the call, CarPlay will route the audio through your car’s speakers. If you are listening to music when a call comes through, you’ll hear a notification that you have a call. If you want to answer that call, your music stops and you will hear the phone call conversation through your speakers instead.

Call waiting also works in a familiar way when using CarPlay. If a second call comes through when you are talking on your first phone call, you’ll get a notification. Swapping your calls works on CarPlay exactly the same way as your iPhone, and you simply swap to answer the second call.

Remember, if you are making phone calls through your car, and if you have passengers in your car, then everybody can hear your phone call’s conversation. If you want privacy, you’ll need to disconnect from CarPlay and then use your headset to complete the call.