The Swedish automaker, Volvo has announced that it now supports Apple CarPlay. An over-the-air update will automatically add CarPlay support to Volvo vehicles with Google built-in infotainment systems.
With an over-the-air update, Volvo to launch Apple CarPlay in 14 new markets, and over 200,000 vehicles
As reported by EV, Apple CarPlay was one of the “most anticipated” features by Volvo customers. The auto manufacturer’s upcoming over-the-air update will introduce the service in fourteen new markets and will be deployed in more than 200,000 vehicles.
The company’s Head of Connected Experience, Sanela Ibrovic said that the new feature is part of its commitment to constantly improve its vehicles over time.
“Through over-the-air updates, we can make sure that our customers can enjoy new features quickly and easily,” said Sanela Ibrovic, Head of Connected Experience at Volvo. “It also means that a new Volvo car is no longer at its finest as it rolls off the factory floor, but keeps improving as we launch additional updates.”
In the last OTA software update last April, the automaker announced that all new Volvo car models are able to receive software updates, “meaning that the company is making important progress towards its ambition of making its customers’ cars better over time”.
CarPlay enables iPhone users to stay connected and use their smartphones safely while driving. Integrated with the compatible vehicle’s built-in infotainment system, users can receive or make calls, send and receive text messages, play their favorite song or playlists, get directions, and much more, completely hands-free with Siri support.
Last month, an electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer owned by Volvo, Polestar announced support for Apple CarPlay for Polestar 2 for owners with an iPhone.
The report also mentions that Volvo itself has ambitions to “totally focused on battery-electric vehicles” like Apple. New research revealed that from 2000 till June 2022, the Cupertino tech giant has filed 248 auto-related patents for software and hardware technologies.
The strong demand for sustainable and environmentally friendly transport has made conventional automobile manufacturers and electronic manufacturers develop autonomous electric vehicles (EVs).