Volvo brings Apple's CarPlay to new VNL semi trucks

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Volvo on Tuesday launched its new VNL line of semi trucks, which in upgraded configurations support Apple's CarPlay standard, bridging iPhones with dash displays.




To get CarPlay, buyers will have to choose an optional infotainment package including a 7-inch touchscreen, a "premium" audio system, a back-up camera, and built-in navigation, Volvo said. The company didn't immediately offer prices for the new trucks or the infotainment upgrade.

It also made no mention of Android Auto compatibility, though the infotainment system does at least support Bluetooth.




CarPlay has typically been reserved for consumer vehicles. That finally changed in April, when Scania said it would make the technology available in some of its own semis.

Indeed even in the consumer world, the platform has been slow to evolve. Wireless CarPlay, for example, is only now starting to filter into real-world cars. Honda just recently announced CarPlay support in the Fit, despite it being one of the company's most popular products.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 5
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,251member
    Wow, that was the only issue stopping me getting one of these bad boys for off roading!  Awesome!  ;)
  • Reply 2 of 5
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 11,151member
    Convoy!

    Bummer the auto makers are making consumers buy the premium nav system package in order to get CarPlay so you can...use your own nav system. Their greed is boundless. 
  • Reply 3 of 5
    darkvaderdarkvader Posts: 480member
    Convoy!

    Bummer the auto makers are making consumers buy the premium nav system package in order to get CarPlay so you can...use your own nav system. Their greed is boundless. 

    Keep in mind that you do not want to use car navigation in a semi.  That's a good way to get yourself in one of those videos where the top of your truck gets sheared off by a bridge.
  • Reply 4 of 5
    cornchipcornchip Posts: 1,835member
    Well that's pretty cool.
  • Reply 5 of 5
     




    Even my car doesn't look as cool as this inside!!
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