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Friday, 9 January 2015

Volkswagen okays Android auto, CarPlay

German automaker, Volkswagen, is set to join
Apple’s CarPlay and the Android Auto bandwagon
as it confirms bringing CarPlay to its new vehicles
this year.
A report on Tuesday by ZDnet.com said the car
manufacturer was demoing a full fleet of its
vehicles at this year’s CES show in Las Vegas and
had used the event to announce its forthcoming
adoption of both CarPlay and Android Auto.
It said the support for the two platforms would
come with its second generation “modular
infotainment platform”, called MIB II.
In the United States, the new infotainment system
would come with MirrorLink for the first time, and
with that it would be introducing CarPlay and
Android Auto.
According to Volkswagen, it will launch Car Play
and Android Auto at the same time in Europe, but
won’t bring MirrorLink to the continent.
Volkswagen is one of the larger brands yet to have
opted for a smartphone-enhanced infotainment
system. Despite its newfound commitment, it is
still missing from Apple’s CarPlay page of
supported manufacturers, but does appear on the
Android Auto equivalent.
Early movers on the CarPlay front include
Mercedes, Volvo and Ferrari – though Volvo and
Mercedes delayed their rollout to this year. Fellow
German manufacturer Audi has promised models
with CarPlay will arrive later this year.
Also, for iPhone owners who are not in the market
for a new vehicle, Pioneer last year released its
lineup of in-dash systems for the US and European
markets which support CarPlay.
“Volkswagen is also showing off its Gold R Touch
concept this week, where the infotainment unit
uses cameras to detect gestures and assigns
meaning to them, with the aim of allowing users to
control displays without actually having to touch
the screen. The idea behind the technology is to
reduce driver distractions,” it stated.
The report noted that while it had taken some time
for vehicle makers to begin rolling out CarPlay,
Apple’s list of CarPlay markets was still relatively
small, currently including Australia, Canada,
France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Mexico,
South Korea and Spain, Switzerland, the UK and
the US.

Source: punch online

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