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So we all know that the V40(and other older Volvos) doesn't have the ability to get Apple CarPlay. As with many other car makers there are some retrofit options usually to get car play. For example the BMW 1 series, Audi a3 and others have retrofit boxes for it.
But I haven't found one for Volvo -.-
There are video interfaces(with two inputs, one for camera and on for something other or front camera) and it would be possible to get universal CarPlay box show up on the screen but the controlling wouldn't work without a dedicated and developed for Volvo box.

Usually these cost about 200€. Some samples:
http://www.unichip-tec.com/carplay_smartbox.html

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Sinairyu-Aftermarket-OEM-Apple-Carplay-Android-Auto-F20-Solution-Upgrade-IOS-Airplay-Retrofit-Box-for-BMW/32899121471.html?spm=2114.search0104.3.2.7baf3ba9kyg1RG&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_3_10065_10068_10059_10696_100031_10084_10083_5725015_10103_10618_5724315_10307_10820_10821_5724215_10303_10302_5724115,searchweb201603_16,ppcSwitch_7&algo_expid=6df70c09-9a2d-4c38-8ef2-b3b23ac4355c-0&algo_pvid=6df70c09-9a2d-4c38-8ef2-b3b23ac4355c&transAbTest=ae803_2&priceBeautifyAB=0

So as mentioned before, technically getting the video picture to the car is possible. Now, only the controlling of the CarPlay box with OEM buttons is the trick.
Actually it has been done once, but I could get in contact with the publisher of this video:

So anyone has any ideas on how to achieve CarPlay retrofit for the V40?
 

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I have been talking to the seller of that solution on alieexpress, but he was unable to provide me extra information, like installation details or user manual, so it is not clear what to expect from it, or how does it interact with the original Volvo equipment. And it expensive if you would but it just for experimenting.
 

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I have been talking to the seller of that solution on alieexpress, but he was unable to provide me extra information, like installation details or user manual, so it is not clear what to expect from it, or how does it interact with the original Volvo equipment. And it expensive if you would but it just for experimenting.
From the very limited information it seems that the video interface he is providing runs on android. When it is android os then there are available these dongles on aliexpress which add carplay. Basically you will download and android app and need the hardware dongle ors. This is a solution but not a very convenient one, you can't have carplay with one click you will have to open the app etc.
Can't imagine myself starting up this android box, picking the right app andonly then having carplay.The whole point of carplay is that it would be more convenient.
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What is interesting is that it works with steering wheel controls(not with central console?). How did they bridge that to the system.That has been the hardest part for all possible solutions I have though about.
 
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