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The hope that older vehicles and aftermarket products will eventually support Apple’s new CarPlay system took a bit of a blow yesterday. How-to website AppleToolbox spoke with reps from both Volvo and Ferrari, and both made it sound like it’s going to be extremely difficult to do.

In fact, Ferrari has dismissed the possibility all together, saying that CarPlay “is available only on new range cars and cannot be installed on older ones.” Volvo, on the other hand, hasn’t ruled it out yet, but admits those adding aftermarket CarPlay support will face “major roadblocks.”

Here are the full statements from the two companies, again via AppleToolbox, Ferrari first:

The new system CarPlay is available only on new range cars and cannot be installed on older ones. However, since we know that infotainment solutions are really important for our customers and also owners of older vehicles deserve the same care as all other customers, we developed an AfterMarket product aimed at offering last generation infotainment, completely compatible with most recent phones. This new product is already available for F430, 355 and 360 Modena, while in the next few months it will be offered also for 599, 612 Scaglietti and first versions of California.

Ok, the majority of us probably don’t own, or plan to own, Ferraris. So here is what Volvo said:

We have not announced any plans for an aftermarket solution for Apple CarPlay. While I cannot reveal any potential future products, I can say that there are major roadblocks for this, both from a technical as well as from a usability point-of-view.

Additionally, MacRumors’ Eric Slivka spoke with a representative from Kenwood who said that CarPlay support wouldn’t be in any of their 2014 products—meaning at least a year’s wait. The rep admitted they’re looking at the tech, but they’re also considering Google’s in-car offering.

A Pioneer customer service rep offered similar comments earlier this week, saying that the company was “looking into the possibility” of adding CarPlay support to current and future products. Mercedes Benz too—although to be fair, it’s actually looking to launch something this year.

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So I guess the moral of the story here is that unless you plan on buying a new car in the not-too-distant future, your chances of getting CarPlay into your vehicle (short of a hack job) aren’t looking very good. But who knows, maybe Apple will announce different at WWDC later this year.

For more information on what CarPlay is, click here.

  • Litchy

    But… I wanna 🙁

  • Rowan09

    Pioneer App Radio 3 isn’t too far from having actual CarPlay support.

  • Roger Riekki

    They did it just fine in need for speed.

  • Sandy Cook

    Carplay is stupid anyway, they’ll obsolete it deliberately way before they have to

  • BS! They’ll do anything to temp buyers to cough up cash for a whole new vehicle.

    All that’s currently unavailable is some jailbreak tweak that routes outgoing audio through the iPhone’s headphone jack and incoming audio through its mic (or the Bluetooth headset’s mic) even when a Bluetooth headset is connected. If some smart-ass dev figures that out, add a Bluetooth headset ($25), universal windshield phone holder ($5) and Auxiliary cable ($3) and you have CarPlay for ANY iDevice that can run Siri (i.e. the iPhone 3Gs and up).

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      The thing is not everyone is in the market for a new car and since they (by which I mean cars) aren’t cheap (Especially Mercedes and Ferraris) people won’t be tempted by simple tricks of the trade. The main block with CarPlay is likely going to be licensing agreements and Apples rigorous quality assurance tests. I think it’ll come to other cars I just think it’ll take a while. From Apples perspective though they’d make a lot of money if they integrated buying a song from iTunes into CarPlau (e.g you’re listening to a song you like on iTunes Radio so you press a shopping trolley button and then Apple makes a few dollars and you get a new song downloading to your iPhone).

      • “From Apples perspective though they’d make a lot of money if they integrated buying a song from iTunes into CarPlay (e.g you’re listening to a song you like on iTunes Radio so you press a shopping trolley button and then Apple makes a few dollars and you get a new song downloading to your iPhone).”

        That’ll be going totally against the concept of “a safer and more fun way to use your iPhone in the car”. Though, they could add some bookmark for later button…that’ll be a bookmark to the iTunes store page of the Artist Album, highlighting the bookmarked song..

  • Relax; people will find a way to install it on older vehicles like Toyotas. You won’t have to buy a new Ferrari. Its just that Ferrari isn’t going to say that.

    • M_thoroughbred

      That’s exactly what I was thinking. Non of these car companies are going to admit that it can be done. I much rather have Pioneer, Kenwood, Alpine and so on to do the units. We all know that the factory radios suck and it would cost 2x more for the factory version to be installed on older cars.

    • Raul M

      ferrari’s are lame and slow. They should add it to a GTR-R34;) or atleast the R35 lol