A couple of weeks back, Apple unveiled its new CarPlay feature, with select car manufacturers getting ready to showcase the technology at the forthcoming Geneva International Motor Show. Today, Volvo and Ferrari have officially announced their plans regarding CarPlay for older vehicles (via AppleToolbox).
The first Volvo to offer CarPlay will be the Volvo XC90 which will be introduced later this year, and the first Ferrari to offer CarPlay will be the Ferrari FF model. It seems however that both Ferrari and Volvo currently do not have any plans about retrofitting CarPlay into earlier model vehicles. Below are the official statements from the two car manufacturers:
Ferrari: The new system CarPlay is available only on new range cars and cannot be installed on older ones. However, since we know that infotainment solutions are really important for our customers and also owners of older vehicles deserve the same care as all other customers, we developed an AfterMarket product aimed at offering last generation infotainment, completely compatible with most recent phones. This new product is already available for F430, 355 and 360 Modena, while in the next few months it will be offered also for 599, 612 Scaglietti and first versions of California.
Volvo: We have not announced any plans for an aftermarket solution for Apple CarPlay. While I cannot reveal any potential future products, I can say that there are major roadblocks for this, both from a technical as well as from a usability point-of-view.
If you haven’t already, take a look at Volvo’s incredible CarPlay integration in the following video: