When Apple officially unveiled CarPlay earlier this year, there were many car manufacturers who were onboard and are expected to feature Apple’s technology in future car models. At the same time, there are some manufacturers who were not listed, and one of them is Volkswagen.
However according to recent reports, Volkswagen is said to be in talks with Apple and are expected to make an announcement later this year, assuming that the talks go well and both companies are in agreement with each other.
According to people familiar with the matter, the talks are currently underway and if successful, would see Apple’s CarPlay technology make its way into Volkswagen’s 2016 vehicle models. Apparently this is because Volkswagen had missed the opportunity to get the technology into their 2015 lineup for whatever reason, so we guess 2016’s models will be the earliest we can expect it.
Given that Apple is also reportedly updating CarPlay to allow for Bluetooth connectivity alongside a physical connection via the Lightning cable, it would no doubt be to Volkswagen’s advantage as they would be getting the latest CarPlay. In any case take it with a grain of salt for now, but check back with us later this year for more details.