Seat is updating its model range to introduce Apple CarPlay and Android Auto among other infotainment improvements.
Several new models, starting with the New Ibiza CONNECT and closely followed by New Alhambra, Leon MY16 and Toledo MY16, will be available with Full Link, Seat’s state-of-the-art, three-in-one connectivity solution.
Encompassing Apple CarPlay for the iPhone user, Android Auto and Mirror-Link for Android devices, the solution is a first in the global car market and not only removes fears about current and future compatibility, but also allows users to access many of their phone functions and apps safely on the move.
The system also includes a new DriveApp, working alongside Full Link to support easy vehicle maintenance, eco driving guidance, traffic alerts and more.
The new Ibiza is the first model to benefit from the advanced technology. Full Link comes as standard with the Connect infotainment kit, together with a Samsung Galaxy A3 smartphone. The new system costs £385 on SE models and above and includes an upgraded infotainment system with a 6.5” colour touchscreen.
Drivers can benefit from the system’s read-out function, which delivers messages (emails, Tweets and Facebook posts), news and social media streams audibly, ensuring productivity during long journeys without compromising safety. Drivers can also use its simple ‘Voice to reply’ function as well as ‘Gesture control’ which allows drivers to perform simple actions such as messaging or phone calls with a simple finger swipe across the car’s infotainment screen, without taking eyes off the road.
DriveApp sends condition-based maintenance alerts to the driver’s smartphone, prompting important regular checks like tyre pressures.
Head of fleet and business sales, Peter McDonald, said: “Seat is striving, and achieving, excellence in several areas that our customers consider to be vital. We aren’t content scoring highly when it comes to style, reliability and quality alone, we are now leading the way in connectivity, too.
“Full Link is a demonstration in how to seamlessly integrate, and take full advantage of smartphone features whether you’re tech savvy or not. Any driver will undoubtedly benefit in terms of safety and minimising time lost, not to mention improved vehicle maintenance and driver behaviour.”
Fitment of the technology begins with the new Ibiza and new Alhambra – launched in the UK later this year – with a roll out to the rest of the range next year.