CarPlay Shown Off in New Promo Video from Volvo, Wi-Fi Connections Coming Soon

Following this morning's announcement from Apple that it will officially begin rolling out its "CarPlay" iOS vehicle integration with Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo on board as the first launch partners this week, Volvo has published its own press release announcing the launch. Volvo's promotional materials include a new video briefly showing off CarPlay in action.


Volvo also goes a step beyond the basic CarPlay implementation to take advantage of the large portrait touch screen on the upcoming XC90 SUV, making both Apple and Volvo controls available simultaneously.

Volvo enhances Apple’s capabilities by linking them to a specially-developed interface that allows drivers to use voice and touch controls to access Apple features and services, ensuring the entire interaction is always safe and easy to use.

With Apple CarPlay, users will immediately recognise their basic iPhone applications, such as phone, messages, music and navigation. The initial offer also features third party audio apps including Spotify, the popular music streaming service.

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Volvo's press release also makes clear that while the initial implementation of CarPlay will require a wired connection using an iPhone's Lightning connector, Wi-Fi connectivity will be "coming in the near future".

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Top Rated Comments

Derekeys Avatar
97 months ago
You can tell Jony Ive is excited for this, did you hear how high his voice got?
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pgiguere1 Avatar
97 months ago
Who else thinks this is a bad idea?

While driving you need to watch the road, not try to hit the right part of a touchscreen which is in a place where your arm doesn't usually go.
In my experience it is much much safer and easier to control the infotainment system with a couple of buttons and a scroll wheel (like Audi).
You can use that too.

Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Lapidus Avatar
97 months ago
Audi. Please.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Lepton Avatar
97 months ago
You can use that too.


And of course you can just tell Siri what you want without taking eyes off the road at all. Three ways to control, that's pretty versatile.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dannytip Avatar
97 months ago
I wonder how long it will be before we see aftermarket headunits supporting this.

In theory they should be cheap as it seems like the screen is 'dumb' and everything is powered by the phone itself meaning the headunit is only really a screen and an amplifier.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mr. Gates Avatar
97 months ago
I can't wait to jailbreak it and get apps on there, driving at 75 mph while playing flappy Bird, look out people !
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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