Apple CarPlay infotainment system now available for trucks

3 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineApril 12, 2017

Apple CarPlay is available in conjunction with the Multimedia Radio Touch radio system in the current models of the Mercedes-Benz Actros, Antos and Arocs trucks. While Mercedes-Benz was the first to introduce CarPlay to trucks, Scania will be introducing support for the system in June.

Apple CarPlay allows drivers to safely and conveniently use an iPhone and a variety of apps while on the move. The Multimedia Radio Touch can also be used with MirrorLink – the Android counterpart to CarPlay.

Four menus are available to the driver via the Multimedia Radio Touch, allowing them to choose between the radio, media, call or connect menu. As soon as the driver chooses the connect menu and connects the smartphone via the USB slot, a selection of apps will be displayed via CarPlay or MirrorLink.

With CarPlay, the following apps are available to the driver: telephone, music, maps, news, iTunes, podcasts and audio books, as well as further accredited apps. The driver can control the connect menu via Siri and safely make telephone calls while driving, or navigate via the Apple maps app, just by using the voice command.

MirrorLink works in a similar way. As soon as the driver connects a smartphone with MirrorLink using the connect menu, access is gained to the apps. On the radio‘s dashboard display the driver can see and use apps via touchscreen.

Scania‘s infotainment system will also work with Apple CarPlay says Björn Fahlström, vice president, product management, Scania Trucks.

“Apple CarPlay support is being introduced in June 2017, and earlier devices can be updated, provided that they have voice recognition. By introducing this functionality, we will offer even more driver comfort and increased safety. For truck drivers, who spend a lot of time behind the wheel, everything that makes life on the road easier, simpler and safer is very much appreciated.”

Apple CarPlay functionality will be available for customers who have a Scania Infotainment System with a 7” touch screen (AUS4) and the Voice Control Option. Devices from Apple with iOS 7 or higher can be paired via USB cable to the Scania Infotainment System.

Fahlström says this is another example of how Scania continues to offer new seamless services and functionality in new trucks, and that CarPlay is the kind of industry leading technology they plan to offer more of in the near future.