Volvo taps Apple CarPlay for XC90

Volvo's revamp of the XC90 SUV, coming later this year, will be among the first cars to offer Apple's new iPhone-based in-car technology.

Apple CarPlay in Volvo dashboard
Volvo does Apple CarPlay. Volvo

Volvo wasted no time getting to the starting line with Apple's CarPlay.

Apple early on Monday unveiled CarPlay, its new system for integrating the iPhone into people's dashboards and driving habits. With a CarPlay-enabled iPhone plugged into their rides, drivers will be able to use Siri or the car's touch screen to search maps, play music, and answer phone calls "with minimized distraction," said Apple.

Six automakers will be rolling out models with CarPlay during 2014, according to Apple's CarPlay site: Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo. And while Volvo may be last on that alphabetic list, it appears to be the first to provide details about its use of CarPlay.

Volvo said Monday that it will install CarPlay in its updated XC90 SUV, which it promises to introduce later in 2014. The touch screen in the XC90 will show both iPhone applications and Volvo's own automotive content at the same time.

The iPhone will connect to the car through a Lightning cable -- and Volvo said further that a Wi-Fi connection will be "coming in the near future."

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