Volvo's CarPlay integration looks the best yet

Apple's CarPlay is the hot topic this week and it's taking the Geneva Motor Show by storm. We've seen closer looks at what Ferrari and Mercedes Benz are doing with it, but Volvo looks like it might have both of them beat. Apple's Greg Joswiak has been on the ground in Switzerland through the first couple of days of the show, and has helped Volvo to unveil CarPlay in one of its concept cars.

The in-car system itself looks much more responsive than the horrible screen Ferrari showed it off with, and definitely more elegant than the Mercedes tablet-on-your-dash style approach. Apps retain a familiarity on the display with messages and calls taking a strong turn towards the voice controlled. In the Volvo integration, CarPlay itself runs almost as just another app in the cars main system, with functions like controlling the climate control still at your fingertips. It's pretty nice.

The one thing that Apple can't control so well is what hardware the auto makers are using to run CarPlay on. Even though it looks pretty good, you can tell in the video up top that you're looking at Apple software running on someone else's hardware. It's just not quite as slick as we'd expect from something with Apple's name attached to it. From a Volvo perspective, we'll be seeing CarPlay later this year in the brand new XC90. In any case, take a look and see what you think!

via The Verge

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Volvo's CarPlay integration looks the best yet


Looks great. Looking forward to seeing it live in a dealership near me soon.

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Looking to see it in 3rd party car stereo's I can pick up at a local store or from Amazon. Once I can ADD it to my existing car by replacing my factory stereo, then I will strongly look at it.

That would be something nice. If both iOS and Android would offer that, then I think it will pick up with people a lot faster. In order to get this feature, you have to get a brand new car. Not worth it...

Nexus 5... enough said

Look at that jackass at 0:18 taking a pic/video with his iPad with his keyboard case... They a few seconds later you've got the guy with the Android tablet and the pink case. WTF?!

Very sexy and I want it but i'm not sure I like how the Home button is on screen like that, not sure how else they'd do it but kinda throws me off.