SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF / AP) — Apple is teaming up with major car makers to make iPhone applications easier for drivers to use while they’re on the road.

The system announced Monday enables iPhones to plug into cars so drivers will be able to call up maps, make calls and request music with voice commands or a touch on a vehicle’s dashboard screen.

READ MORE: Cal Fire Confirms Estrada Fire Sparked by Controlled Burn, Holding at 150 Acres; Evacuations Ordered

Apple Inc. is calling the technology, “CarPlay.” That’s change from its original name, “iOS in the Car,” given last June when Apple announced its plans to make its mobile operating system more compatible with automobiles.

READ MORE: Car Fleeing CHP Causes AC Transit Bus to Plow Into Oakland Home

Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are previewing CarPlay this week at an auto show in Geneva. Other auto makers plan to adopt CarPlay, too.

CarPlay requires Apple’s latest software, iOS 7, and an iPhone 5, 5C or 5S.

MORE NEWS: Marin County Judge Tentatively Rejects Cutting Inmate Crowding at San Quentin

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.