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CarPlay is just a supplement to the main infotainment system. Take a look at this video.

 
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Yes and as it said you'll need to have an iPhone lol. Just another way for Apple to extend its footprint, brilliant. Lol

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I like it. I never consider Volvo due to it very boring and sad interior looks. If they release a S60 sedan with that interior as shown in the video, I might consider them in the future. Glad to see more car is coming out with better and nicer touchscreen.
 

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competition at its finest. It what drives the world, and all in the benefit of the consumer. Bravo. Well done !
 

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It's a concept. It might be cool at first glance but once you actually use it, it's a PITA to use.

I like to adjust my temp with a knob. Not scroll through 10 screens and then use a gimicky touch app to adjust the temp. (Lexus IS350 has this weird touch crap to adjust temp). Yeah it was cool in the beginning, but annoying to use.
 

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Yes and as it said you'll need to have an iPhone lol. Just another way for Apple to extend its footprint, brilliant. Lol

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Seems like a great idea to me, provide an enhanced service for your (Apple's) customers. Oh and it's actually extending the footprint of QNX (Blackberry) and iOS, for what it's worth ;)

There's nothing stopping anyone else (Google) from doing this sort of thing either (in fact, I suspect they already are).
 

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So, just saw this Volvo video. now THIS is how a touchscreen interface should work!

Watch the video.
No lag
Easy transitions
I especially like the letters listed on the right side of the screen to jump to a point in the alphabet to make searches for things like artists, song, etc. much easier.

I'm still miffed that Infiniti got rid of the fast letter find process they had in the G's where you go into a list (i.e. Artists) and spin the dial and the system will scroll through letters to make jumping through the alphabet easier. Baffles me why Infiniti did away with the easier search (I know you can use voice command - which works ok but sometimes the names of the songs have the 12 artists that contributed to the song and of you don't know the exact title of the song you're screwed). If anyone has figured out how to do this please let me know - the scrolling is painfully slow and the in-touch lag doesn't help at all.

Anyway, here's the video. Did I mention the operation of this setup is super fluid and how it should be?

Volvo's CarPlay integration looks the best yet | iMore
 

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with as fast as phones and tablets operate today, I don't understand why they don't just use similar processors that are in these phones now, it just doesn't make any sense. yet somehow these kind of systems charge top dollar for upgrades, meanwhile you can buy tablets and phones that operate better for half the price.

I understand they aren't selling as many but come on.
 

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One thing we all have to remember is that we are still fairly early in the lifecycle for these advanced infotainment systems and their touchscreen interfaces. We are going to see hits and misses for at least the next few years. However, I do believe that they will get better with each iteration.

The first iPhone and Samsung Galaxy phone were not the best either. So, I did not expect InTouch to be the greatest. I am fortunate in that I have not experienced some of the frequent lockups that others have but I knew going in that there was a chance of me having problems. Heck, members on this forum were reporting issues with InTouch before I took delivery of my car.

What Volvo has done it to build on the successes and failures of other systems. They may have just raised the bar for everyone. I sincerely hope so. We won't know for sure until the system is in the hands of customers. Remember, InTouch was great in the videos too.
 

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but with all the leg work that phones and tablets have done now a days it should be simple to adapt something like this in the automotive world with not many issues.
 

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The fact that InTouch is Android shows that Infiniti did want to build on what was done previously. The thing is that they needed to interface Android with a bunch of systems that it had never been interfaced with previously. Just consider all of the things that you can control or access via InTouch. Now think about how many of those systems are normally accessed via a phone or tablet. The difference between the two is the number of interfaces that either had to be ported or developed from scratch.
 

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So, just saw this Volvo video. now THIS is how a touchscreen interface should work!

Watch the video.
No lag
Easy transitions
I especially like the letters listed on the right side of the screen to jump to a point in the alphabet to make searches for things like artists, song, etc. much easier.

I'm still miffed that Infiniti got rid of the fast letter find process they had in the G's where you go into a list (i.e. Artists) and spin the dial and the system will scroll through letters to make jumping through the alphabet easier. Baffles me why Infiniti did away with the easier search (I know you can use voice command - which works ok but sometimes the names of the songs have the 12 artists that contributed to the song and of you don't know the exact title of the song you're screwed). If anyone has figured out how to do this please let me know - the scrolling is painfully slow and the in-touch lag doesn't help at all.

Anyway, here's the video. Did I mention the operation of this setup is super fluid and how it should be?

Volvo's CarPlay integration looks the best yet | iMore
For one, this is simply a video posted by Volvo themselves, so of course it's going to look incredible and "simple" to use; however, I'd wait to hear real-world user experiences because often times it almost never functions that smoothly in reality. After all, just look at how "smooth" and lag-free the InTouch system appears to be in Infiniti's marketing vids & we all know that's simply false advertisement at this stage.

Second, there is a faster way to scroll through your library of music in InTouch; instead of using the main (lower) entertainment screen, use the scroll wheel in the center console to navigate through your music on the upper screen. There, you can use the center dial to quickly scroll through your music library in a flash. I know this is not very intuitive so many people forget about this option.
 

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For one, this is simply a video posted by Volvo themselves, so of course it's going to look incredible and "simple" to use; however, I'd wait to hear real-world user experiences because often times it almost never functions that smoothly in reality. After all, just look at how "smooth" and lag-free the InTouch system appears to be in Infiniti's marketing vids & we all know that's simply false advertisement at this stage.

Second, there is a faster way to scroll through your library of music in InTouch; instead of using the main (lower) entertainment screen, use the scroll wheel in the center console to navigate through your music on the upper screen. There, you can use the center dial to quickly scroll through your music library in a flash. I know this is not very intuitive so many people forget about this option.
On your first point, I agree, the marketing video for in-touch was not very realistic. This was from a car show with actual implementation. Of course, there could be a quad core Intel fire breather behind the console that we don't see but that is really HOW these things should work.

I'm going to take your 'not intuitive' comment a step further. How the heck do you do that?? I've tried listing songs, artists, etc. in the top screen to use the dial and haven't had luck with fast scroll. Are you saying that works the same way as the previous G where if you twist the dial quickly it will jump from the list to different letters of the alphabet and you can jump to that letter by pressing the dial down?

I'd love to have that functionality back - just haven't been able to do it. I will definitely try though based on your experience. Thanks for sharing that!
 

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On your first point, I agree, the marketing video for in-touch was not very realistic. This was from a car show with actual implementation. Of course, there could be a quad core Intel fire breather behind the console that we don't see but that is really HOW these things should work.

I'm going to take your 'not intuitive' comment a step further. How the heck do you do that?? I've tried listing songs, artists, etc. in the top screen to use the dial and haven't had luck with fast scroll. Are you saying that works the same way as the previous G where if you twist the dial quickly it will jump from the list to different letters of the alphabet and you can jump to that letter by pressing the dial down?

I'd love to have that functionality back - just haven't been able to do it. I will definitely try though based on your experience. Thanks for sharing that!
If I can recall correctly, just press the center button of the dialer to bring up your media source menu & select the iPod/USB source; you are then able to drill into albums, artists, songs, etc, at which point you can use the dial to scroll quickly down a list of songs. While it doesn't exactly mimic the G in the sense of "A, B, C, ... Z", the faster you scroll without stopping, the quicker the system will blaze through the collection--so it has the exact same effect. Try it out; much better for sifting through your media vs using the slower InTouch lower screen.
 

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Maybe the car companies have it wrong. What about having a spot for a tablet of your choice to get connected in the dash and have an app that does everything - with buttons and knobs for frequent use items of course.

That might make more sense if they can come up with a standard that allows ios, android and windows tablets to access functions.

Technology is advancing so quickly, any system developed a few years ago that can't be updated easily, or uses hardware that will be outdated in short time runs the risk of being outdated upon release - or at least not having as much functionality. Tablets can get updated apps and you can easily buy a new one if you want to. If the basic interface is there for controlling functions then the possibilities become much greater.

Just a thought.
 
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