Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is now integrated in some Volvo cars. The automotive maker recently unveiled Apple CarPlay, a new infotainment system that allows drivers to access information and entertainment on the go.
Apple’s announcement for CarPlay
Earlier today, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) announced CarPlay, which is set to roll out during the latter half of the year. Volvo isn’t the only auto maker that will feature iOS infotainment systems. Other car makers to soon feature include Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari. Other cars to offer the feature later down the road include General Motors, Ford, BMW, Honda, Jaguar, Hyundai, Kia, Land Rover, Nissan, Toyota, Subaru, Mitsubishi, and PSA Peugeot Citroën.
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Volvo’s unveiling came in the form of a video which shows how iOS is integrated inside the in-car user interface. The video shows seven applications including Phone, Maps, Messages, Podcasts, Music, Now Playing, and Spotify. This touchscreen interface lets users control specific features like temperature. The real appeal behind CarPlay is that it offers a familiar environment without distracting drivers. Apple’s new feature will be available in future Volvo cars based off the new Scalable Product Architecture.
The future for CarPlay and Volvo
Volvo Car Group’s chief executive officer and president Hakan Samuelsson explained, “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 Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) a perfect match for Volvo.”
CarPlay integration will require a lightning cable at first, although Volvo claims Wi-Fi support is coming in the near future. Today’s car builders are more keen to creating automobiles that enable drivers to integrate mobile technology. In a world where most tech consumers are becoming more accustomed to technology that goes wherever they are, it’s only natural cars are getting into the mobile tech market.