Consumer Tech Apple CarPlay Debuts in New Volvo, "iOS in the Car" UPDATE

Published on March 3rd, 2014 | by Jo Borras

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Apple CarPlay Debuts in New Volvo, "iOS in the Car" UPDATE

Volvo Estate Concept / V70

This morning, Apple released news that its iOS in the Car system will officially be called “Apple CarPlay” when it launches at the Geneva show later this month. The platform will debut in the latest Ferrari, as has been expected, but will also launch on new models from Mercedes-Benz/Smart and Volvo simultaneously.

For its part, Volvo totally revamped its Sensus infotainment platform earlier this year- apparently to prepare the company to integrate more fully with Apple CarPlay. The interaction between Apple’s operating system and Volvo Cars’ new-for-2014 Sensus transforms the look and feel of the new Volvo interiors, which have always been characterized by their simplicity and functionality. “Apple’s clean and intuitive user interface is a perfect match with Volvo’s Scandinavian Design approach and our focus on fluid functionality,” says Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Cars.

It makes this Volvo fanboy proud, at least. Here’s more on how the new Apple CarPlay system will look and feel, courtesy of Volvo. You can read Apple’s full CarPlay press release as well, at the bottom of this page. Enjoy!

 


Apple CarPlay Official Press Release

Apple Rolls Out CarPlay Giving Drivers a Smarter, Safer & More Fun Way to Use iPhone in the Car

CarPlay Premieres with Leading Auto Manufacturers at the Geneva International Motor Show

GENEVA―March 3, 2014―Apple® today announced that leading auto manufacturers are rolling out CarPlay, the smarter, safer and more fun way to use iPhone® in the car. CarPlay gives iPhone users an incredibly intuitive way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch. Users can easily control CarPlay from the car’s native interface or just push-and-hold the voice control button on the steering wheel to activate Siri® without distraction. Vehicles from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo will premiere CarPlay to their drivers this week, while additional auto manufacturers bringing CarPlay to their drivers down the road include BMW Group, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia Motors, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan Motor Company, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota Motor Corp.

“CarPlay has been designed from the ground up to provide drivers with an incredible experience using their iPhone in the car,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS Product Marketing. “iPhone users always want their content at their fingertips and CarPlay lets drivers use their iPhone in the car with minimized distraction. We have an amazing lineup of auto partners rolling out CarPlay, and we’re thrilled it will make its debut this week in Geneva.”

Apple has led consumer technology integration in the car for more than a decade. CarPlay brings your car and iPhone together for a thoughtful experience that lets drivers focus on driving, while also tapping into everything they want to do with their iPhone.

Once iPhone is connected to a vehicle with CarPlay integration, Siri helps you easily access your contacts, make calls, return missed calls or listen to voicemails. When incoming messages or notifications arrive, Siri provides an eyes-free experience by responding to requests through voice commands, by reading drivers’ messages and letting them dictate responses or simply make a call.

CarPlay makes driving directions more intuitive by working with Maps to anticipate destinations based on recent trips via contacts, emails or texts, and provides routing instructions, traffic conditions and ETA. You can also simply ask Siri and receive spoken turn-by-turn directions, along with Maps, which will appear on your car’s built-in display.

CarPlay gives drivers access to all of their music, podcasts, audiobooks and iTunes Radio℠ with easy navigation through listening choices from the car’s built-in controls or simply by asking Siri to pull up what you’d like to hear. CarPlay also supports select third-party audio apps including Spotify and iHeartRadio, so you can listen to your favorite radio services or sports broadcast apps while driving.

Pricing & Availability

Apple CarPlay is available as an update to iOS 7 and works with Lightning-enabled iPhones, including iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5. CarPlay will be available in select cars shipping in 2014.

 

Source | Photos: Apple, Volvo.


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  • egogg

    I have an iPhone, but I’m no apple fanboi. With that disclaimer in place, and given my universally negative experiences with Ford Sync, I am totally in favor of having an HMI in a car that isn’t an afterthought.

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