Volvo said its human tech design approach has resulted in a unique CarPlay integration.
It allows use of other vehicle and infotainment functions without needing to jump in-and-out of the CarPlay application for a seamless experience between the driver’s iPhone®, Sensus Connect and the car’s functions.
“The Apple CarPlay experience enhances the award-winning user interface already available on the XC90 and just announced S90 sedan” said Lex Kerssemakers, President and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America,
fliCharge USB PowerDisc Allows In-Vehicle Charging of Tablets as well as Smartphones and Other Devices
fliCharge International Ltd. (fliCharge), which developed the wireless smartphone charging technology used in vehicles from Chrysler, Ford, and Toyota, has introduced a USB Auto-Detect PowerDisc for charging iPads, tablets, smartphones and a wide variety of other devices.
The patented fliCharge wire-free conductive charging technology is cost effective and safe, and has industry-leading charging efficiencies of over 95%, according to the company.
The technology can simultaneously charge multiple devices on the same charging pad, regardless of their power requirements or position on the pad. According to fliCharge, its technology is the only interoperable wire-free charging solution that can simultaneously charge multiple devices on the same charging pad regardless of their power requirement or position on the pad.
Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. released a an Apple CarPlay-compatible firmware update for five 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receivers and also introduced the CarPlay-compatible fourth generation AppRadio (SPH-DA120).
Pioneer’s CarPlay-compatible in-dash receivers offer consumers the ability to upgrade the vehicles they already own to the smarter, safer and more fun way to use iPhone® in the car. Consumers with the latest version of iOS on their iPhone 5 or later, including iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, can use Siri® voice control to make and receive calls, compose and respond to text messages, access Apple Maps for navigation, and listen to their music libraries, podcasts and iTunes Radio.
Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars) and Apple Inc. are joining forces to make Apple’s operating system available to drivers in a new service called Apple CarPlay, which is said to bring all of the features and services familiar to iPad, iPhone or iPod users directly into the car via Volvo Cars’ large center console touch screen display.
Volvo said it’s linked the Apple features to a specially-developed interface that makes the features accessible via voice and steering wheel controls. According to Volvo, the interaction between Apple’s operating system and Volvo Cars’ newly-designed in car software and interface promise to transform the look and feel of a car’s interior. The interiors will be characterized by their simplicity and functionality.
BMW and MINI announced four new Apple iPhone app developer partners for BMW Apps and MINI Connected. The new apps include Audible (downloadable audio books and other spoken-word content), Glympse (location sharing), Rhapsody (subscription music service), and TuneIn (Internet radio).
“We regularly identify apps that our owners rely on as part of their everyday life, and adapt them for an in-vehicle experience they’ll find safe, useful and engaging,” said Phil Johnston, Product Manager for the BMW Group Apps Platform from the BMW Group Technology Office. “Audible, Glympse, Rhapsody and TuneIn were natural additions to the family of BMW Apps Ready Apps.
Chevrolet announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show that the U.S. version of the Chevrolet Spark (https://www.chevrolet.co.uk/cars/spark) and Sonic (known as Aveo in Europe) will integrate Siri, the intelligent assistant early in 2013.
Through the cars’ standard Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, customers with a compatible iPhone (4S and newer) running iOS 6 can direct Siri to perform a number of tasks while they keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.
By Jack Bergquist, Market Analyst, IMS Research
There were some interesting innovations in terms of connected platforms and HMI developments at the show.
Every concept car was being shown with a full colour display and a connected infotainment system, most with interesting and novel HMI’s. For example, the Ford Evos, which has a touch console for the right hand to rest on. It looked very similar to the type of interface you would see in a science fiction film.
Sony announced Digital Link Sound System, a new product that installs and enhances the audio quality of factory head units. Digital Link Sound System will be available in two models, XDP-PK1000, an all-in-one package to optimize sound staging, and the XDP-MU110 model, a condensed version which integrates with existing or other subwoofers and amplifiers.