Apple unveiled its new CarPlay touchscreen infotainment system earlier today, and Volvo has just released a video showing the system in action. The Cupertino tech giant is expected to announce partnerships with Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz to license CarPlay, as well, at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show and will be working with even more manufacturers in the future.

The system pairs the driver's iPhone with the car's infotainment system and seamlessly allows them use the smart phone's functions and, at least in Volvo's demonstration, the car's climate control and seat heating systems. According to the video, the new system will be available "in the coming generation Volvo cars," which likely means the upcoming, next-generation Volvo XC90.

However, the system will not work universally. Apple will add functionality through an update to iOS 7 in the future for the iPhone 5, 5C and 5S. At launch other devices won't be supported. Scroll down to watch CarPlay work. We are expecting more details to emerge on the new infotainment system when the Swiss show opens tomorrow.


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      Justin Shaw
      • 1 Year Ago
      Interesting to see Apple and Volvo working together. I thought it would have been Apple and Tesla, considering they are both based in California.
      PiCASSO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let's hope they offer something for Android and perhaps Windows Phone users. Otherwise, I'm wouldn't be switching from my Nexus 5 to an iPhone to get this integration in a Volvo.
      Euphrentic
      • 1 Year Ago
      The automotive industry should be focused on completely egalitarian operating systems. There should be a standard in place, much like DLNA, for infotainment connectivity.
        b.rn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Euphrentic
        Yep, but it needs to be much better than DLNA.
      rsholland
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is fantastic. I hope, when this becomes available, that car owners will have the ability to upgrade the software easily and cheaply just like when Apple offers a new OS to their phones. That's always been a huge negative in buying a factory infotainment system. Upgrades are either impossible or expensive.
      Ricky
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope the navigation system isn't apple maps. Cause we all know apple maps is terrible
        SteveM
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ricky
        It was when it first launched a couple years ago. But they haven't been standing still. It's much, much better now.
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      All we really need is a place to plug our phones into the dash so we can see Google Maps front-and-center and listen to our music on the car's stereo. the automotive industry so wedded to the idea of selling us expensive crap we don't need.
        b.rn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ferps
        I'll go against the grain and agree with you, in concept. I see the day in the near future when the car will have a display and input (touch screen) for your mobile device. Much like dropping your laptop into a docking bay, so you can use a different monitor, mouse, and keyboard. I keep my cars for a long time. I replace my phone every couple of years. With the above, my car's infotainment system can keep up.
      dbc
      • 1 Year Ago
      Absolute sickness...but why does the car only have two pedals?!?
      blvdbrkndreams
      • 1 Year Ago
      More ways for apple to get advertising statistics. NSA happy as well.
      Tom Slater
      • 1 Year Ago
      Y'know what sucks about this? You still have to take your eyes off the damn road to mess with the radio or HVAC. Dumbassery... I'll take my buttons / knobs, thanks.
      Patrick
      • 1 Year Ago
      Unfortunately these screens will shatter at very low speed fender benders. The screen will still work but other drivers will stare and laugh.
      RSS007
      • 1 Year Ago
      Question is, will other phones connect with this system or not? Or is this another method for Apple to try and get consumers to buy their phones, so that they can match their other Apple products. Lol
      Tom Slater
      • 1 Year Ago
      Y'know why this sucks? Still have to take your eyes off the road to mess with your stereo. i'll take buttons & knobs, thanks. Bigger / chunkier the better.
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