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Ferrari rules out chance of retrofitting older cars with CarPlay

updated 02:32 pm EDT, Fri March 14, 2014

Volvo suggests retrofits unlikely

Ferrari will not be retrofitting any of its existing cars to support CarPlay, the company states. "The new system CarPlay is available only on new range cars and cannot be installed on older ones," a representative says. The company is instead pointing people to an aftermarket product it offers that provides "last generation infotainment" compatible with modern phones.

Volvo has meanwhile issued a statement downplaying the probability of retrofitted CarPlay without dismissing it entirely. "We have not announced any plans for an aftermarket solution for Apple CarPlay. While I cannot reveal any potential future products, I can say that there are major roadblocks for this, both from a technical as well as from a usability point-of-view," a spokesperson says.

Although Mercedes-Benz has hinted at a retrofit option of its own, it now appears that most vehicles from 2014 or earlier will not be able to make use of CarPlay. Even third-party add-on specialist Kenwood has said it won't have any upgrades ready in 2014.

by MacNN Staff





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