Apple on Thursday announced that it has expanded CarPlay availability to 5 new countries, including Russia, New Zealand, Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands. This brings the total amount of CarPlay countries to 25.

Folks in these countries now have the ability to use Apple’s hands-free display-streaming feature with compatible vehicle models and head units, as long as they have an iPhone 5 or newer, running iOS 7.1 or later firmware.

Launched in the Spring of last year, CarPlay allows you to access Siri and supported iOS apps from your car’s built-in display. Several car manufacturers have pledged to support the feature, but few cars have made it to market.

Despite its slow adoption, however, Apple has been very aggressive with its international rollout in recent weeks. Earlier this month it expanded CarPlay to several countries including Brazil, China, India, Thailand, and Turkey.

Source: Apple

  • InfinitePlusOne

    Is there any gadgets to use Siri+ iPhone on older cars?

    • 5723alex .

      There are CarPlay devices for all cars from Pioneer, Alpine…

    • Rowan09

      Any Bluetooth enabled system will work, but you’ll need to of course hold down the home button your phone or if plugged in use “Hey Siri”.

    • abbyruleover

      Your jailbroken iPad with ignition installed 😛

  • Freemz

    Does anyone know if carplay will work without having to use the lightning cable from the unit to the iphone as everywhere I look it states you need to be connected with the cable.
    Also, does the maps work offline yet?
    Will it connect via bluetooth like other stereos to stream music, phone calls, siri (eyes free) and maps?

    • 5723alex .

      Yes, with iOS 8.3 you don’t need to connect with lightning cable .

      • Freemz

        Brilliant, I’m thinking of getting a Pioneer after market system but didn’t like the idea of having to connect my iPhone every time (except for charging the battery).
        Does the maps work offline?
        Can I stream other apps like Google Maps vis Bluetooth?

      • 5723alex .

        The Pioneers are 3 fold systems: CarPlay, Android Auto and Pioneer system, in 1.
        I can use any Maps app with my Pioneer (Waze, iGO, Google maps, Apple maps

        None works offline (I still have to test HERE maps which do work offline).

      • Freemz

        Thanks for the info & your help.