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These 3 new CarPlay features are coming to your vehicle later this year

Published May 15th, 2024 1:30PM EDT
Apple CarPlay tricks displayed in a Tesla Model S
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Ahead of the long-anticipated new CarPlay experience coming to some vehicles later this year, Apple has announced exclusive new features that will be available to your car alongside iOS 18.

While all the new features for this upcoming operating system will be announced during the WWDC 2024 keynote, Apple has already unveiled some of the accessibility functions that will be coming to the iPhone, iPad, Apple Vision Pro, and CarPlay.

For CarPlay specifically, Apple has announced three new features: Voice Control, Color Filters, and Sound Recognition. Here’s how they will work.

iOS 18 CarPlay new featuresImage source: Apple Inc.
  • Voice Control: With Voice Control, users can navigate CarPlay and control apps with just their voice. 
  • Sound Recognition: With Sound Recognition, drivers or passengers who are deaf or hard of hearing can turn on alerts to be notified of car horns and sirens.
  • Color Filters: For users who are colorblind, Color Filters make the CarPlay interface visually easier to use, with additional visual accessibility features including Bold Text and Large Text.

Of course, Apple has even more to announce for CarPlay with iOS 18. All of the new features will be known during WWDC 2024. However, over the past few years, Cupertino has unveiled the upcoming accessibility features ahead of its Worldwide Developer’s Conference.

So far, BGR has learned that Apple plans several AI features for iOS 18, with major revamps for its built-in apps, such as Notes, Voice Memo, Calendar, Freeform, Safari, and more. We’ll keep covering the latest news regarding Apple’s upcoming software updates as we learn more about them.

And if you want to discover new tips for Apple CarPlay, these are my 8 favorite tricks you probably don’t know about, including how to find your parked car, Focus Mode deep integration, finding EV charging stations, and so much more. Below, you can learn all these tips.

José Adorno Tech News Reporter

José is a Tech News Reporter at BGR. He has previously covered Apple and iPhone news for 9to5Mac, and was a producer and web editor for Latin America broadcaster TV Globo. He is based out of Brazil.