Volvo Retrofits Cars With Essential Infotainment Upgrade

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Apple CarPlay has been notably absent for some time now, but that is being fixed.

In October of 2021, Volvo added the capability for its new cars to receive over-the-air (OTA) updates, and every car since then is getting better and better, with more models being enhanced with more tech. The rollout of this program has continued into this year, with cars like the Volvo S60 now benefiting.

This has been a smart move, as Volvo is now preparing to update its Android-based infotainment systems with Apple CarPlay. The Swedish automaker has been using this system since 2021 when it decided to stop developing its native infotainment system, and the only obvious drawback was that Apple CarPlay was not offered. Now, new Volvos will have the latest and greatest.

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The OTA updates will roll out "to all Volvo cars with Google built in," so although the program is starting in the United Kingdom, we expect it to make its way to the US soon, as Volvo says it will be available in numerous markets. We have reached out to Volvo's American representatives for comment and will update this story with their response. Unfortunately, there may be a small caveat: "Users can now connect their iPhone via USB to their Volvo car..." reads the press release. This indicates that wireless CarPlay is not yet an option. Perhaps this will come at a later stage. It needs to if Volvo wants to capture the attention of younger buyers.

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"Through over-the-air updates, we can make sure that our customers can enjoy new features quickly and easily," said Sanela Ibrovic, Head of Connected Experience at Volvo Cars. "It also means that a new Volvo car is no longer at its finest as it rolls off the factory floor, but keeps improving as we launch additional updates."

As you'd expect, Android Auto functionality in your Volvo remains unaffected. Volvo goes on to explain that its OTA updates will get bigger and better, and with the recent news that the Swedish brand has partnered with the studio behind the hit game Fortnite, we expect more impressive developments soon.

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