Apple CarPlay (Honda, Apple Maps 001)

Hot on the heels of Apple’s CarPlay announcement earlier this morning at the Geneva Motor Show, car maker Volvo has posted a video showing off iOS integration in action.

Unlike CarPlay implementations by other vendors such as Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz, Volvo took the feature to the next level.

Specifically, Volvo’s system allows for both CarPlay and Volvo controls to be available to drivers simultaneously on the vehicle’s large touchscreen. I’ve included the video for your viewing pleasure right after the break…

Check out below what happens when iOS meets Volvo’s new user interface.

Volvo also issued a media release noting that its new XC90 SUV, which will be introduced later in 2014, is the first Volvo car to offer integration with Apple’s “widely-used and hugely admired” mobile operating system.

Forthcoming Volvo models based on the new Scalable Product Architecture will get CarPlay later in 2014. The ability to connect an iPhone to the car’s dashboard system via Wi-Fi will be enabled “in the near future,” Volvo said. 

Volvo links Apple’s CarPlay to a specially-developed interface that allows drivers to use voice and touch controls to access Apple features and services, as well as Volvo controls, simultaneously. The connection is based on a streaming H.264 video feed that returns user input from the touch screen.

Volvo’s unique portrait screen gives users the benefit of having both Volvo and Apple content co-existing simultaneously, removing the need to switch between a dedicated car and iPhone screen.

According to Apple, CarPlay launches with support for select third-party audio apps including Spotify, Beats Radio, Stitcher and iHeartRadio (sorry, Pandora/Rdio fans!).

However, only Apple’s own mapping service is supported.

Coupled together, Apple Maps and CarPlay work together to anticipate destinations based on recent trips via contacts, emails or texts and provide routing instructions, traffic conditions and ETA.

This means CarPlay won’t integrate with third-party mapping applications such as Google Maps.

“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,” explains Apple’s CarPlay preview page.

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.

CarPlay launched with support in select vehicles from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo.

Apple CarPlay (Honda, Music 001)

Additional auto manufacturers will add the feature at a later stage.

This includes such names as the 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, who all confirmed plans to support CarPlay in their 2014 vehicles.

CarPlay will be enabled via an upcoming iOS 7 software update on Lightning-enabled iPhones, including the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5.

So, how do you like CarPlay so far?

  • Deniz Batun

    I smell the “GalaxyCar” or “CarGear” coming soon ….

    • jack

      S Car lol pathetic

      • pnh

        S-Car-Go (escargot) anyone?

    • Jeffrey

      google has already announced that they wanted to put android in cars and audi and a few other car companies have already said that they are fully cooperating… apple can NEVER be the only one in a product group without google or samsung destroying it

      • Y4VIN

        as much as i prefer apple products over android and others… I’m still very happy that they always compete because it creates better products. look at this adaptation of carplay… It’s not very good in my opinion and i believe competition will be the key to having some better tech in new cars.

      • Justin

        Don’t write it off yet…

      • hamooz10

        Apple is always in the lead. Others just copy apple creative

      • iOS for life

        I love this. When Apple releases something first it’s because they are in the lead. Forget about samsung. They are behind and will copy but when it’s the other companies release first it’s because they are shit and Apple is perfecting it. Just stop being so arrogant.

      • isogrifo

        It’s easy to take something that’s already done and make it better, but it’s a magnitude more difficult to come up with a new idea.

  • Mike Colacone Saal

    I would honestly rather have an iPad mounted

  • Maxim∑

    As usual apple comes in and destroys the competition. Hopefully tesla will also look into this

  • pauleebe

    Hoping for as widespread adoption as the 30-pin/iPod/iPhone cable became.

  • Merman123

    Can’t wait to jailbreak this lol.

  • G-HaB

    I already have iOS in my car on my in dash TV/DVD this is iOS 6 from last year and I recently had iOS 7 installed
    and it’s JAILBROKEN

    • Jeffrey

      how?;0 and does it really work?

      • G-HaB

        Of course it does I have a video on my Instagram if I can upload videos here I would of uploaded it but ya works perfectly

      • Jeffrey

        oh nice:)

  • G-HaB

    iOS 6

  • Tony

    If you send a text but mess up on a word can you just go over a bump so the car shakes and it shows the undo feature? 🙂

    • John Tremendol

      Lol that was actually quite funny:D

  • diggitydang

    Love the look of the interface but wish Google Maps was the map app!! Still don’t fully trust Apple Maps yet. This will likely improve it though, as they track where you are and learn more streets.

  • Thomas Flores

    Is their a jailbreak tweek that will turn and iPad into a 2nd screen for the iphone

  • BozzyB

    A stream in H.264? over wifi? Sorry but this is really the most stupid solution I ever heard of. It works until the battery of the phone is dead. And this will drain the shit out of it…

  • Neked Aw

    This is cool, but looks really limited. It’d be a lot more exciting with more 3rd party apps and if/when the jailbreak community builds extra features and tweaks.

    Also, do you really want APPLE MAPS on your car dashboard? Hmmm..

    • Frank Anthony

      Jailbreak tweaks inside a car? Ha! I’m afraid if it enters DFU Mode or automatic respring. Thats no good 🙂 I can only entrust JB Tweaks on my iDevices & not inside my car…

  • Matthew

    I thought that it would be wireless. I guess not.

  • Byron C Mayes

    Looks like Volvo did a better job with implementation than Mercedes and Ferrari. Which is good because the Volvo is the one I can afford.