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Kenwood Apple CarPlay for Volkswagen

CarPlay by Apple and Android Auto by well, everyone else (but-mostly-Samsung-if-we-are-honest) signalled the death of the MirrorLink Consortium’s efforts to make in-car apps and an interface that was safe to translate an app from use on your phone, to use in the car. Those two new translations of digital ecosystems for car display and use, quashed ‘em. And now, we can see what that Grand Future that was predicted, has meant, for it is here….

This video is just published by Kenwood Electronics UK. The new CarPlay equipped ordnance that Kenwood has designed and specified for the desirable and ultracult VW vans (and other models, too, of course, but the video is a vaaaan!) is really deeply embedded into the workings of the vehicle. In one direction the system has to swag some data for use on the Kenwood’s screen to tell you about the heating and in the other direction, it has to feed data from the onboard Garmin navigation, to the middle-binnacle tft display that so many modern cars have. This is a secondary navigation prompt and is central in the instrument cluster.

This is the head unit…


► 7in High resolution touch control display

► Garmin European navigation

► 3-years free map updates

► TMC traffic avoidance

► 2-years free access to INRIX traffic via smartphone

► 7 digit (full) postcode

► Over 3 million points of interest

► Fastest, shortest, least fuel route choice

► Lane assist

► Built-in Bluetooth hands-free calling (HFP)*

► Bluetooth Music streaming (A2DP/AVRCP)*


► Apple CarPlay:- Phone calls, voice mail, send/receive messages, Apple maps/directions, iTunes music, playlists, podcasts and audiobooks. Plus additional apps like Spotify, Amazon Music & Deezer.

► Auto Android:- Google maps, reminders, music, phone calls, send/receive messages, and voice activation

► iPod/iPhone audio/video playback and charging**

► USB device playback

► CD/DVD/MP3/WMA/AAC playback

► Climate control and parking sensor display***

► Works with multifunction wheel

This really is going to be loved by the van crew and gives the best units from any other brand a savage run for the money. You can find where to buy Kenwood and what other goodies they have to offer, here. http://www.kenwood-electronics.co.uk/car/

And here is where to find folks that can upgrade YOUR VeeDub https://www.volkswagen-vans.co.uk/find-a-van-centre