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Following on from this mornings announcement that CarPlay will be available soon in a car near you, Volvo have created a press release and published their own promotional video which can bee seen below. Ferreri and Mercedes Benz are also flagship manufacturers however neither have yet to make comment officially on their progress with CarPlay.
Volvo themselves have taken things a step further with their upcoming XC90 by truly integrating the features of your usual in car touch screen and the new CarPlay features as overlays on top of each other when the device is in use, this is better shown in the video where you can see what song is playing, then by simply touching a button control your air conditioning without leaving the previous screen.
From the video it is clear that Apple Maps are going to become available to use with turn-by-turn navigation in the car, presumable using a voice over feature if the radio or iPod is in use. Other apps features where H.264 Video playback, Music, Messaging, Handsfree Calling and much more interesting things like Spotify. This means that at some point there may be an open forum where app developers can integrate all kinds of things with CarPlay.
iPhone users will feel completely at home in a new Volvo. We have created a wholly-integrated user experience in our large portrait-oriented touch screen that takes the in-car mobile device experience to a new level. That, coupled with the obvious driver safety benefits of an advanced voice control system like Siri, made Apple a perfect match for Volvo – Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of the Volvo Car Group
Volvo’s press release also makes clear that while the initial release of CarPlay requires your phone to be physically connected using the Lightning connector and presumable a cradle, wireless connectivity will be “coming in the near future”
Last year when iOS 7 was announced, apple spoke about iOS in the car, a concept where an In Car Entertainment system could interface and control features of iOS such as maps or music playing through the car stereo, essentially a wireless upgrade to the current “Audio over Bluetooth” system many car manufacturers include on their higher end models.
The announcement does not mention any particular model of car by name, however it does hint at new upcoming models of cars having the system included from the factory. The system claims to be able to enable drivers to use Apple Maps for navigation on the car’s in-dash screen, as well as watch movies, listen to music, make calls and send text messages through the system with full Siri integration.
The technology group will next week launch its first in-car operating system with Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo as it attempts to take the lead in a fierce race to dominate tomorrow’s smart cars.
The deal marks the first time that Apple is embedding its software in devices other than its own branded products. The choice of the Ferrari, Volvo and Mercedes-Benz is seen to be in keeping with the US tech group’s high-end phones.
It had been previously announced at apple’s WWDC keynote last year they where working with a number of partners including Honda, Nissan, Chevrolet, Hyundai, and more, in addition to Ferrari, Volvo and Mercedes, so which ones surface first and which ones follow afterwards is yet to be seen however I think we have three clear forerunners with this latest announcement.
Rumour has it that this will be officially announced at the Geneva MotorShow next week this is not confirmed however but we will do our best to keep you updated on any news to come out of the show.