Volkswagen, the German auto manufacturer, recently unveiled plans to incorporate Apple’s CarPlay in next-gen infotainment systems set to be released later this year. The iOS-derived feature will be introduced alongside MirrorLink, which is the company’s new in-house solution for integrating smartphone apps and layouts offered by various handset makers including Android Auto. All three of the systems are set to run on Volkswagen’s second generation modular infotainment platform (MIB II) when it launches in the second half of 2015.

The car manufacturer hasn’t disclosed any pricing information on its upcoming infotainment system or given an exact release date but it did mention that it plans to have the technology made available in both the US and in Europe.

For those of you who didn’t already know, Volkswagen was noticeably absent from the initial list of supporting car manufacturers when Apple introduced its “iOS in the Car” project where it introduced CarPlay. The much-anticipated in-car iOS solution gives users iPhone functions such as music, navigation, messages phone and more via specialized physical and onscreen car controls. The whole purpose of the in-car solution is to minimize distractions for drivers.

CarPlay-enabled vehicles are starting to roll off assembly lines and aftermarket solutions are also being made available. That being said, the system has yet to gain any significant traction with car buyers and owners. As of right now, it’s largely out of the public reach but once starts becoming available in more makes and models, it is likely to gain popularity rather quickly.

Source: Volkswagen (Press Release)