Apple CarPlay is an iOS for Future Volvos
It was only a matter of time. With the ever-quickening integration of mobile technology into our cars, we knew it wouldn't be long before Apple worked its way into a car’s user interface in a considerable fashion. Apple has teamed up with Volvo to debut Apple CarPlay, a user interface system that lets you control the touchscreen like you would your own Apple device. The choice of teaming up with Volvo seems logical in hindsight, as both companies are well known for evocative, yet minimalist, designs. Just like these two companies, CarPlay does away with the clutter, and displays crucial apps to the driver in a simple, easy-to-use layout. RELATED: See Photos of the 2014 Volvo Concept XC Coupe
You can access music, maps, messages and, of course, place phone calls using this display. Considering how Volvo has long traded on its safety credentials, we’re sure it will employ the messaging interface and other additional apps in a way that will not detract from the driver’s attention.
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For the last decade, automakers have attempted to adapt (or otherwise completely ape) Apple’s iOS interface to in-vehicle applications. The results have spanned from the effective (Chrysler’s Uconnect) to the downright disappointing (MyFordTouch). Considering that it takes years to develop a new vehicle, and the mobile market changes in months, the simple answer here is to offer an iOS (or Android) based user interface.
This is a big step in the right direction, folks. Expect the CarPlay to debut in the all-new Volvo XC90, when it is unveiled later this year.
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