As a company, we are always trying to develop new things to add features and benefits to complement the ownership experience of an Aston Martin. Historically, we have developed Bluetooth Hands Free, iPhone and iPod integration, parking camera systems and more latterly the Smartphone mirror for showing the latest mapping apps on the screen of the ever so slighted dated Sat Nav system.
Now with the advent of Apple’s CarPlay system we can bring all of that together in one system. As mentioned, we use the existing screen in the car, with the original navigation system still in the background, so the fabric of the car remains intact. Connection is made to the fibre optic MOST system of the car to allow excellent audio reproduction through the existing system, again. A microphone is fitted, not only for the hands free phone system but also for the use of the voice assistant, Siri.
The control for all of this is done through one simple knob, rotate to select the icon you wish to control and then press the knob in to select the desired function, all this can be done with out taking your eyes too far from the road. Switching between CarPlay and the car’s normal systems is done with a small covert rocker hidden, normally, in the ashtray aperture, but can be sited wherever is most convenient.
Features include mapping from Apple, Google and now Waze with live updates of traffic, roadworks and Police incidents. Music from Amazon, Spotify, Deezer as well as Apple and a whole range of internet radio apps giving listening from across the World. Hands Free phone system with voice dialling and access to phone books. Audio books and Podcasts and the ability to have your text and Whatsapp messages read to you and then respond to them by voice.
We are currently aiming this at the Gaydon built Aston Martin’s from 2004 (DB9, V8) up until 2012 when the newer Garmin based Nav system came in. However, please get in contact with us if you have a later car or an earlier Vanquish and we will soon get you booked in.