CarPlay

VW adding CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink in 2015

VW adding CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink in 2015

Volkswagen will add CarPlay and Android Auto support to its cars later this year, the company has confirmed, with the arrival of a new second-gen "modular infotainment platform" in models like the Golf. The system will bring both Apple and Google's smartphone connectivity - which each offers a pared-back interface more suitable for prodding while driving - under VW's App-Connect branding, in addition to MirrorLink support for four of the company's smartphone apps, including building a shared playlist from all the phones and tablets in the car and streaming them for the perfect driving soundtrack.

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Parrot RNB6 hands-on: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for all

Parrot RNB6 hands-on: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for all

If you've got the ability to install a stereo system in your vehicle, there's a good chance you'll be able to roll with Parrot's new system aiming to make every vehicle smart. The Parrot RNB6 is an in-car infotainment system that's made to be sent to market on its own. While most infotainment systems sell the vehicle, this system sells itself. Based on Android 5.0 and rolling with a 7-inch touchscreen, this device is ready to push your vehicle into the future.

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How to use CarPlay on your iPad with one app tap

How to use CarPlay on your iPad with one app tap

There's an app out there this week called Ignition - created by developer Adam Bell and made to enable the CarPlay user interface already built in to your iPad. Normally you'd need a vehicle that'd activate this user interface by coming in contact with it - that solution isn't especially cheap. With Ignition, you'll have only to tap the app to open. The only difficult part will be deciding whether or not you want to jailbreak your device to enable CarPlay in the first place.

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Hyundai hands the keys to CarPlay and Android Auto

Hyundai hands the keys to CarPlay and Android Auto

Hyundai hasn't been slow to embrace either CarPlay or Android Auto, but Apple and Google's infotainment systems look set to become even more central to the car firm's dashboards in 2015. A new Display Audio head-unit set to eventually become Hyundai's volume option across all entry-level cars will ditch the CD player and onboard navigation in favor of offloading it to the driver's iPhone or Android device, in what the company claims will save cash for drivers already committed to their smartphones and not bothered by duplicating functionality with expensive in-dash upgrades.

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Audi Q7 features Virtual Cockpit in premium SUV

Audi Q7 features Virtual Cockpit in premium SUV

Inside the newly announced Audi Q7, the newest version of Audi virtual cockpit will run the show. Users will be working with a new MMI all-in touch control unit, and both Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are also able to be run to connect to users' iPhone or Android smartphone. This vehicle makes its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, bringing on a vehicle that emphasizes Audi's abilities to deliver a vehicle with lightweight construction, efficiency, and smart assistance systems inside.

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Alpine iLX-007 is CarPlay ready, shipping now

Alpine iLX-007 is CarPlay ready, shipping now

Apple’s CArPlay sounds great, but the official offerings straight form car manufacturers are slim right now. Unless you want a 2015 Sonata, or like Pioneer decks, there isn’t an easy way to get involved with Apple’s new in-car system. If you like Alpine decks, we’ve got good news. The company has released their first CarPlay deck, the iLX-007. With the iLX-007, you’ll have the power of Siri in your car, as well as apps like Rdio, Messages, and Maps at your fingertips.

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Apple CarPlay available for Pioneer NEX in-dash receivers

Apple CarPlay available for Pioneer NEX in-dash receivers

Pioneer has announced that its cool line of NEX in-dash receivers have a new trick with a firmware update available for the series that brings support for Apple CarPlay. Aftermarket audio manufacturers aren't the only companies that will be supporting CarPlay, a list of automakers who will be installing CarPlay from the factory was unveiled in July.

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What’s Apple’s huge iPhone 6 event center secret?

What’s Apple’s huge iPhone 6 event center secret?

There’s a really, really big box sitting near the Flint Center. It's only a bit over a week before Apple's next event here, and a massive white structure is being worked on which will likely be unveiled in full on the 9th of September, 2014. Inside this box may very well be an environment in which the iPhone 6 can show off its next-generation abilities.

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The dirty little secret about in-car voice control

The dirty little secret about in-car voice control

Speaking to your car's dashboard has been hailed by many as the answer to driver distraction, but most systems are flawed, respond poorly, and motorists don't really care about their features, research indicates. Automotive survey heavyweight J.D. Power went digging through reported vehicle quality, and found that lackluster infotainment - substandard voice control systems in particular - was a frequent complaint.

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Apple CarPlay expands with 9 new partners

Apple CarPlay expands with 9 new partners

Apple’s automotive bid with CarPlay has just expanded with a handful of new high-powered partners. CarPlay partners have already joined the team earlier this year, this list just expanding on an already strong selection of creators. Alfa Romero, Abarth, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Mazda, and RAM have all been announced to join the crew.

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