All recent Volvo cars have the Apple CarPlay option in their infotainment systems.
Volvo’s large infotainment system has a 9-inch vertical display and includes Apple CarPlay, as well as Android Auto. The infotainment system lets drivers connect their Apple mobile devices to the car through a USB connector cord, which also charges the phone simultaneously.
Volvo’s Infotainment system
Volvo offers a big display of 9 inches which is vertical in shape. Volvo also offers built-in Google features in some of its models, like the XC40 Pure electric. Other options include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Apple CarPlay can be used via connecting a lightning cable to your iPhone.
The infotainment system has many more features like 360° camera view with other individual views. Some of the other features include:
- Status bar
- FM Radio
- Navigation system
- Seat heating control
- AC control
Apple CarPlay in Volvo
The Apple CarPlay option in Volvo cars lets users use music apps, make phone calls, receive messages, navigate, communicate with Siri, and use many other apps found on their phones via the car’s infotainment system.
The system basically lets users get off their phone and just use the most important apps while driving. Users can also control the infotainment system from the steering without even touching the front display.
Apple CarPlay is only available on iPhone 5 or higher with at least iOS 8 or higher software on the device. The connection is made through a cord by connecting the lightning cable with the iPhone, which is more stable and uses less battery than Bluetooth. It also charges the device using Apple CarPlay while you drive the car.
Not every iPhone app functions on Apple CarPlay because some would, of course, be way too distracting while driving. Some of the compatible apps are:
- Apple Maps
- Google Maps
- Phone app
- Apple Music
- iHeart Radio
Apple CarPlay also lets you use Siri, which is very helpful for driving. Siri can be used to make phone cars, navigate or type messages without even touching your device or any other buttons. This is makes driving much safer, but of course, proper attention on the road is always necessary.
Enabling Apple CarPlay
Apple CarPlay comes as a built-in option in Volvo’s infotainment system. The system can be used via connecting the cable with your iPhone. The Bluetooth option is also present, but a wired connection gives a faster experience, and it also charges the device at the same time.
To use the Apple CarPlay, Siri must be enabled. If you have disabled Siri, then enable it to use the Apple CarPlay. Once you have done it, then connect the wire and swipe the infotainment screen. By selecting the icon and agreeing to the terms and conditions, you will be able to use Apple CarPlay.
Advantages of Apple CarPlay in Volvos
The Apple CarPlay system allows you to connect your device and experience the iPhone interface via Volvo’s display. The apps are designed to give the best experience in the infotainment system. Apple CarPlay allows you to use your phone hands free and even has Siri to listen to your commands.
All of this provides an extremely safe environment for the drivers. Many accidents occur because of using a mobile phone while driving, so Apple CarPlay helps eliminate this. As Volvo focuses on providing safety, this type of program fits their needs and further proves their commitment to making safe cars.
Apple CarPlay in older Volvos
Many older Volvos do not have the option of Apple CarPlay. However, Apple CarPlay can be added to these vehicles if the car already has an infotainment system. You will have to contact a Volvo dealership to add Apple CarPlay support. If you have an older model with no front display, though, then you will need to buy an aftermarket unit.
All the newer Volvo models have Apple CarPlay support. Aftermarket units usually have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support in them too. However, not all aftermarket products are safe, and you should consult some experts before buying them.
What is Apple CarPlay?
Apple CarPlay is a feature that can connect Apple iPhone or iPad devices to a vehicle’s infotainment system, so the driver can use many apps via the car. Many new cars with infotainment systems and other aftermarket units have Apple CarPlay. Apple CarPlay gives the option to make a call, type a message or listen to music without using touching your phone.
However, not every app that is present in iPhones can run on Apple CarPlay, just some of Apple’s original apps and some other third-party apps run on this system, including functions like navigation, messaging, listening to music and making calls.
Some car companies have partnered with Apple to enhance the Apple CarPlay’s experience, allowing things like starting the car with your iPhone.
What’s the difference between Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?
Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are smartphone integration features that let smartphone apps run on a car’s front display. These apps run smoothly via the infotainment system. These systems, which both connect to the infotainment system via a cable, make it easy to use apps like WhatsApp, Google Maps, or Spotify in your car.
However, there are some minor differences between them because both of them serve the same purpose. There are some interface differences and app differences. Google Maps on Android phones is usually considered way better than Apple Maps, but you can use Google Maps via Android Auto as well. Android Auto is also more customizable than Apple CarPlay.
Do Tesla cars have Apple CarPlay feature?
Tesla cars do not have the Apple CarPlay feature, but you can still sync your device with Tesla’s own software. Their own software is similar to Apple CarPlay, and it is built-in. It can be used via Bluetooth without connecting any cable like in Apple CarPlay. The Tesla sync also gives the option of calls, contacts, and music.
The Tesla app has its own benefits over Apple CarPlay. The app lets you control your car way better than Apple CarPlay. The car can be unlocked by phone. You can even drive your Tesla without the key. Information about your Tesla, such as battery status, can also be seen through the app.