Prior to offering the hugely successful Apple CarPlay and Android Auto system, we needed some way of improving the ever so slightly antiquated Volvo based navigation system. The key was to keep the fabric of the car the same and also keep the original system in place. The screen lift and lower is controlled by the existing navigation computer, so if we changed the screen out for a replacement, then we would lose that feature through the existing dash controls. We can add separate switches, but to some clients, its just not Aston enough.
Smart Phones nowadays have a multitude of apps available for navigation, from the likes of google maps or Apple Maps to the paid for TomTom or the excellent Waze. We supply and install the necessary components to allow phone connection and the ability to mirror your apps onto the existing Sat Nav screen. We use a wired connection in most cases, because it then gives the ability to charge the phone at the same time. Switching between the existing navigation or the mirror system is done by a small rocker switch, normally located in the ashtray aperture. We install a reverse camera at the same time as the Smart Phone mirror to aid rear view whilst parking, this will show on the navigation screen regardless of whether you are viewing the original Volvo based navigation or the Smart phone mirror. As an option you can add a forward-facing multi-angle camera to the system as well.
By adding an interface that will talk to the navigation (easier said than done..) and then inputting an HDMI signal from a compatible phone, we can the superimpose the image from a smartphone screen onto the Aston Sat Nav screen. The downside is that all the control needs to be done from the phone and it also needs to be held in landscape mode. As a stop gap until the CarPlay/Android Auto system was fully developed, this kit was a massive step forward from the original navigation system, but we feel now that CarPlay has mostly replaced this product being more of a complete infotainment upgrade.
Cost for the Smart Phone mirror system is – £949.00
Forward Facing Camera – £550