Mercedes-Benz and Volvo Delaying Apple’s CarPlay Feature

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Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo promised this spring to offer cars that incorporate Apple’s new CarPlay technology by the end of the year. While everything seems OK on Apple’s website, Mercedes and Volvo just said they will delay the update for next year.
In an interview with 9to5mac, both Mercedes-Benz and Volvo spokesmen said the CarPlay functionality won’t be found in their cars until 2015.

“As of now, we do not support CarPlay in our series production cars,” said a Mercedes-Benz spokesman. “We are working on a highly sophisticated head-unit based solution, which will enable CarPlay as well as other systems (e.g. MirrorLink)… we are not quite sure if we will feature an aftermarket solution. CarPlay won’t be available by the end of this year, but in 2015.”

Volvo on the other hand said that along with the launch of the new XC90 model, they “will offer preparation of Apple CarPlay. Full CarPlay functionality will be available later in 2015” though.

Apple’s CarPlay system will basically enable owners to use their iPhones as powerful infotainment systems. Once the CarPlay feature is installed in the vehicle’s standard infotainment, it will be able to mirror some of the apps running on the smartphone, including music, maps and internet searches in a nice, responsive and sharp interface.

Google is working on a similar system called Auto Link and we recently discovered that Toyota has it’s own idea over in Taiwan, where it recently revealed a simple head unit without a screen that can be wirelessly paired with a Nexus tablet and transformed into a full infotainment system.
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