Volvo has announced that the 2016 Volvo XC90 will be the company’s first vehicle with CarPlay, nearly two years after the carmaker joined forces with Apple.
In March 2014, Volvo announced plans to integrate the Apple automobile interface into future models, but since then company has been working on how to best integrate CarPlay with its own in-vehicle Sensus Connect platform. However, unlike other Apple partnerships with car manufacturers, CarPlay won’t take over the entire touchscreen display.
Instead, Volvo’s new Sensus Connect platform works on a four-tile system. Each tile on the touchscreen handles a different operation: navigation, phone, media, and CarPlay, launched via a mobile app, which the user can uninstall if they so wish. Touching the tile expands the operation, but without it taking over the whole screen.
If the user hasn’t installed CarPlay, third-party apps can also take up that fourth tile space – a break from Apple’s usually stringent requirements of its partners.
Volvo’s Sensus Connect platform is part of a 5-year investment aimed at revamping its entire lineup by 2019. The system debuts on the XC90, becoming standard in all new Volvo cars by the end of 2018.
Aside from a few early adopters who took delivery of their XC90 in November last year, owners who received their vehicle after that date will have to pay $300 for Apple’s software.