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Automakers show off in-vehicle Wi-Fi, new smartphone interfaces

Lucas Mearian | April 17, 2014
Pioneer audio systems will offer an upgrade to include Apple's CarPlay.

AT&T is scheduled to power Volvo's US 2015 model year connected car vehicles with Sensus Connect, an embedded infotainment service. Volvo customers in the U.S. and Canada will also have access to Volvo On Call, a service allowing remote access to car functions and an emergency crash notification service. Volvo plans to enable cars with AT&T on-board for sale this summer.

CarPlay
The prototype for Volvo's new dashboard with CarPlay IVI system

"We expect Volvo customers will be delighted to have these services on board, and we're committed to working with Volvo Cars to give their customers a unique and valuable service," said Chris Penrose, a senior vice president of AT&T's Emerging Devices.

Audio companies are getting more entrenched in the IVI field. Pioneer plans to include CarPlay in its in-car multimedia audio systems.

The Pioneer option will be available this summer through a firmware upgrade to Pioneer's five 2013 NEX in-dash multimedia IVI systems.

 

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