CarPlay Shown Off in New Promo Video from Volvo, Wi-Fi Connections Coming Soon

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Following this morning's announcement from Apple that it will officially begin rolling out its "CarPlay" iOS vehicle integration with Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo on board as the first launch partners this week, Volvo has published its own press release announcing the launch. Volvo's promotional materials include a new video briefly showing off CarPlay in action.

    Volvo also goes a step beyond the basic CarPlay implementation to take advantage of the large portrait touch screen on the upcoming XC90 SUV, making both Apple and Volvo controls available simultaneously.
    Volvo's press release also makes clear that while the initial implementation of CarPlay will require a wired connection using an iPhone's Lightning connector, Wi-Fi connectivity will be "coming in the near future".

    Article Link: CarPlay Shown Off in New Promo Video from Volvo, Wi-Fi Connections Coming Soon
  2. macrumors regular


    May 14, 2012
  3. macrumors 604


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Looks pretty solid, however I must say I simply CAN NOT STAND the digital setting for thermostat, etc. It's simply a nuisance on the car screens. I do welcome iOS in the car though. Maybe we eventually get siri controlled settings? That would be great!
  4. macrumors 68040


    Dec 7, 2007
  5. macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2012
    Philadelphia, PA
    You can tell Jony Ive is excited for this, did you hear how high his voice got?
  6. macrumors regular

    Dec 20, 2011
    I had my doubts but I think it's beautiful. Very well done!
  7. macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2008
    Anyone know how this works "under the hood"? What's driving the actual UI? Is it some sort of screen mirroring? Or does it do video-out over the Lightning connector? I'm having a hard time visualizing how it would work over Wi-Fi unless mirroring was used.

    I'm not a fan of mirroring, so if that's how it's being done, I'm not particularly interested.
  8. macrumors 68000


    Jul 3, 2007
    Am I the only one GEEKING out over the fact this Volvo commercial features the death metal band IN FLAMES on the screen? hahahah! I LOVE this!
  9. macrumors regular

    Jul 14, 2008
    This is the way all new infotainment systems should be, just needs to be more open so you can use either android, ios, microsoft phones, and any apps that want to access the api. For example I can't use apple maps as it thinks I live on a golf course 10 miles away :( I want to use google maps.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2013
  11. macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2011
    Who else thinks this is a bad idea?

    While driving you need to watch the road, not try to hit the right part of a touchscreen which is in a place where your arm doesn't usually go.
    In my experience it is much much safer and easier to control the infotainment system with a couple of buttons and a scroll wheel (like Audi).
  12. macrumors regular


    Oct 30, 2009
  13. macrumors 68020


    Jan 12, 2011
    Pittsburgh, PA
  14. macrumors member


    Jun 21, 2010
  15. macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    You can use that too.

  16. macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2010
    Very excited for this! My 2004 Infiniti I is holding up spectacularly. Not going to be changing cars for a few more years yet, but when I do, this will be a heavily weighted factor in my next buying decision. I would like to stay Infiniti, but it seems their low end cars are now junk and their high end is too high. They dumped their mid-level so I may not be back.
  17. macrumors 65816

    Jan 26, 2006
    Will be SIRI enabled and probably also have steering wheel controls for basic functions. All auto companies are going in this direction, including Audi.
  18. macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2008
    I wonder if this will support FaceTime Audio. I'm also wondering if it will be iPhone-specific, or if it will work with an iPad or iPod touch as well.
  19. macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2008
    I immediately had to pause the video when I noticed it, that was awesome!
    I also could not help picturing the dude in a suit head banging while driving his fancy Volvo :D
  20. macrumors 601


    Apr 3, 2003
    And VW, natch.
  21. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 13, 2002
    Cold Spring Harbor, NY
    And of course you can just tell Siri what you want without taking eyes off the road at all. Three ways to control, that's pretty versatile.
  22. macrumors 68000


    Oct 2, 2007
    to an extent I agree, but a small agreement. Many car audio/nav/system controls are touch-based. This will/should help make things consistent between manufacturers. Also, guessing Siri can be useful here as well. Siri, get this, map me that, change to this iTunes Radio station...or Beats or Spotify (as they are going to be able to be controlled via the CarPlay).

    then there will be controls, whether buttons on the wheel or on dash too.
    and rather than have a Nav system window-mounted, plus Radio in a separate place, this brings them together.
  23. macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2011
    damn i am just about to buy the xc60 and was hoping it would be an option, looks like for new models only then
  24. macrumors 68000


    Jul 9, 2010
    here and there
    nice to see that they allow integration of third party apps (like spotify) and don't force apple-only apps

    While this is not the determining factor for my next car - the iOS integration definitely will have some factor in deciding for the next car (esp. when my decision is down to one or two cars and one of them has it and the other one not)
  25. macrumors 68030


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    I just hope the lawsuit-fearing developers creating this don't restrict the ability to use it while the car is in motion.

    I LOATHE systems that do this. Especially since it's often my passenger who is modifying settings, unable to do so because I'm driving.

    Just let people do things while the car is moving. We've been setting our radio stations, adjusting the A/C and such for YEARS while driving without issue. Why do we have to be told we can't now? I hate our legal system and the way it penalizes entities that are not at fault for people being stupid.

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