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Volvo partners with Apple to offer in-car iOS operating system

Apple CarPlay system will debut in Volvo's redesigned XC90 sport utility vehicle later this year

GOTHENBURG, Sweden—Swedish automaker Volvo said it is partnering with Apple Inc. to roll out the latter’s popular mobile operating system in its in-car infotainment system.

According to Volvo, the alliance with the California-based technology firm will see its vehicles outfitted with a touch screen display that will operate much like an iPhone or iPad.

Called Apple CarPlay, the system will debut in Volvo’s redesigned XC90 sport utility vehicle later this year.

Using voice and touch control, users will be able to use functions like phone, messaging music and navigation through the the in-dash unit..

The system will also offer users access to pre-installed applications like music streaming service Spotify.

Volvo said users will be able to connect their Apple products to the system using a USB cable, though Wi-Fi connectivity will be available “in the near future.”

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