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I was just wondering if it was possible to add CarPlay to the G1 Volt radios via a software upgrade or does it require a hardware change too.

I'd really like to have the feature but I'm not ready to buy a late model Volt to get it.

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In a word, no.
 

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Oh well


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The upgrade kit is buying a gen2 or a bolt (or any other car with CarPlay).
 

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I have a 2011 Volt, and am in the process of installing a Pioneer SPH-DA120 unit. It's very challenging, because the climate control system is so tightly integrated with the radio. So I'm not going to remove the existing radio, just relocate it. The screen of the Pioneer unit will be installed in the center stack. I'll not have the most convenient access to the factory menus since the factory screen will be moved out of the way, but hopefully the CarPlay features will be worth the trade.
 

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I think there are ways to do it, but not cheap. I wanted Car Play/Android Auto in my 2015 Impala which didn't have it available. I contacted a company MVI (mobile Video Integration) who provided a complete package of modules (VIN coded to my vehicle). The change was a module swap--plug and play. I also added HD radio (which wasn't offered for the Impala) and navigation at the same time. Easy to do, simple and it worked. I am going to talk to them about adding HD radio to my 2017 Volt which is something I thought I would never want, but miss it now that my other vehicles have it. BTW-they offer some other neat "hacks" for video playback and complete control of the system in motion that would otherwise be disabled.
 

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Rather than swap the radio, you could get a CD mount tablet holder and just shove an iPad with LTE over everything. It would make using the climate controls and radio controls a bit tough, but interestingly enough the climate controls form a rectangle from lower left to upper left to upper right to lower right, perfectly framing where the iPad would be. This would give you a big screen for navigation, better controls and album art for pandora, but scarily you'll be tempted to read emails or text while driving (a big no no unless you do it all via voice through Siri). I don't have my 12.9 inch iPad Pro mounted in my volt, but instead have my iPhone SE. I don't miss the buttons near the middle, can use the volume from the steering wheel, and since I'm always streaming pandora or podcasts, never need the tuning knob. I wonder if they make a cd mount big enough for my iPad?
 

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I think there are ways to do it, but not cheap. I wanted Car Play/Android Auto in my 2015 Impala which didn't have it available. I contacted a company MVI (mobile Video Integration) who provided a complete package of modules (VIN coded to my vehicle). The change was a module swap--plug and play. I also added HD radio (which wasn't offered for the Impala) and navigation at the same time. Easy to do, simple and it worked. I am going to talk to them about adding HD radio to my 2017 Volt which is something I thought I would never want, but miss it now that my other vehicles have it. BTW-they offer some other neat "hacks" for video playback and complete control of the system in motion that would otherwise be disabled.
Do have contact info for them ?

Just curious what the final cost was?

Was this a DIY install you did?


Since I just purchased
My CPO 2013 premier last MAY, it will be 2-3 years before I look at a G2 off lease. In the mean time upgrading modules is a much cheaper option if it's possible. I don't like non-integrated items like IPads glued to the console.
It's just too cheesy. This coming from a self proclaimed Cheesehead from the Cheese State



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The company I used, MVI, is found under gm-navigation.com . I had a non-navigation, no HD radio in my Impala (which is a Factory CNG equipped vehicle---only 200 built so I had no option choices). The total cost was $1460 broken down as $220 for the Car Play module, $820 for the Navigation module/with Car Play and HD radio, $60 for the USB port (the Impala had a SD card port that wasn't compatible), and finally (and not needed) $300 for the unlock and mod for in motion video and touch screen control. Like I said, everything including the Nav antenna cable was provided along with an installation video. Basically remove and re-install the modules. The GPS antenna cable was the hardest part of the install as a lot of trim needed to be removed. Wrapped it up, turned on the key and everything powered up and worked like it came from the factory! There are other vendors out there that provide a similar or the same service but this one had been recommended to me and as far as I am concerned, a good choice. With the integration of the radio with the rest of the car, I thought this route would be a better move as a high end, Car Play enabled radio is pretty pricy on its own. If you are only interested in Car Play, the price will be a lot less than I paid.
 

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Android Auto now works without the need for a vehicle with CarPlay. I have not tried it but it may be good enough without the retrofit.
 

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Android Auto now works without the need for a vehicle with CarPlay. I have not tried it but it may be good enough without the retrofit.
This interesting info for Android users but I'm not leaving the Apple. I drank too much Apple-Juice


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The company I used, MVI, is found under gm-navigation.com . I had a non-navigation, no HD radio in my Impala (which is a Factory CNG equipped vehicle---only 200 built so I had no option choices). The total cost was $1460 broken down as $220 for the Car Play module, $820 for the Navigation module/with Car Play and HD radio, $60 for the USB port (the Impala had a SD card port that wasn't compatible), and finally (and not needed) $300 for the unlock and mod for in motion video and touch screen control. Like I said, everything including the Nav antenna cable was provided along with an installation video. Basically remove and re-install the modules. The GPS antenna cable was the hardest part of the install as a lot of trim needed to be removed. Wrapped it up, turned on the key and everything powered up and worked like it came from the factory! There are other vendors out there that provide a similar or the same service but this one had been recommended to me and as far as I am concerned, a good choice. With the integration of the radio with the rest of the car, I thought this route would be a better move as a high end, Car Play enabled radio is pretty pricy on its own. If you are only interested in Car Play, the price will be a lot less than I paid.
Was Car-play an available Option on your Impala back then. Hence, the plug n play module availability.

Your Nav module also needed Car-play compatibility in addition to the Car-play Module?

I already have the Full premium Nav package. We love our XM. HD would be interesting for listening to NPR offerings. I don't know of any commercial stations broadcasting in HD other than Public Radio.

I assumed the Car-play module would cover everything including Apple Nav App.



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I fabricated a iPhone mount that puts the phone right beside the center screen. With a Bluetooth link to the stereo, it works about as good (or better) than CarPlay. I have access to all apps (like Waze) and audio still goes through the stereo.
 

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I fabricated a iPhone mount that puts the phone right beside the center screen. With a Bluetooth link to the stereo, it works about as good (or better) than CarPlay. I have access to all apps (like Waze) and audio still goes through the stereo.
This is my favorite CD car mount for a smartphone. I like the Pro version that is spring loaded as I don’t like the idea of sticking a metal plate to the back of my phone for a magnetic mount. I like my phones thin and naked (elemental bait)

https://www.koomus.com
 

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Hi Saltsman,

Any chance you could send or post a photo of that mount I'm interested in doing the same or similar.

I'd like to mount my phone over / on the center screen display while on long trips...

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I have a 2011 Volt, and am in the process of installing a Pioneer SPH-DA120 unit. It's very challenging, because the climate control system is so tightly integrated with the radio. So I'm not going to remove the existing radio, just relocate it. The screen of the Pioneer unit will be installed in the center stack. I'll not have the most convenient access to the factory menus since the factory screen will be moved out of the way, but hopefully the CarPlay features will be worth the trade.
Did installing the Pioneer SPH-DA120 unit work? I have a 2015 Gen 1 Volt and want to get Apple Car Play. Curious why this isn't a simple software upgrade?
 

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I'm wondering if you could use the iDatalink Maestro system to keep the climate control integration with a new head unit. It works in other GM vehicles, but don't know how it would work with the charging screens in the Volt. Guess there is only one way to try... I do have a headunit that supports it in my Suburban, would only have to take it out and get the correct harnesses for the Volt to give it a try.
 

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In my Gen 2, the CarPlay hype is better than the reality. It limits a lot of options, although maybe finally allowing 3rd party apps will help, but I've personally found it to be a frustrating mess of a system filled with bizarre glitches.
 
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