Major Car Makers Gear Up to Offer Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Posted on May 28, 2015 by .

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The big news is starting to stir around as a new concoction is created in the automotive world for the integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for vehicle infotainment systems.

Technology and computers have a big part in today’s cars. The latest infotainment systems, most of which are proprietary and customized to each brand, are sophisticated and offer drivers and passengers an onslaught of integration, information and control of vehicle functions. In an effort to streamline the infotainment systems in vehicles and make them fit into the lives of the general public, who mostly use either iPhones or an Android-powered smartphone, car makers will give consumers the option of using Apple’s new CarPlay integration or Android Auto as their choice for an infotainment system.

Hyundai has been in the news as one of the frontrunners for introducing a movie to use Android Auto following several months after their announcement to bring Apple CarPlay into the mix for their infotainment systems. Following Hyundai, GM has just made an announcement to follow suit with their Chevrolet brand.

“For most of us, our smartphones are essential,” GM CEO Mary Barra said in a statement. “Partnering with Apple and Google to offer CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility across the widest range of models in the industry is a great example of how Chevrolet continues to democratize technology that’s important to our customers.”

Vehicles such as Chevrolet’s top sellers all include a version of the brand’s MyLink infotainment system. Through use of Apple CarPlay or Android Auto the system will have either layered on top of it to interact directly with a driver’s smartphone. In such a case, the smartphone will use Apple CarPlay in the case of it being an Apple iPhone or use Android Auto with a device using the Android operating system. Most systems feature either a 7-inch or 8-inch color screen integrated in the vehicle enabling certain features to be limited use while driving to cut down on driver distractions, which is something that has more or less become a safety epidemic recently.

Several other automakers are making plans to roll out Apple CarPlay and Android Auto into their infotainment systems, but it will take some time. Getting everything right is critical as an infotainment system in a car today is a major driving force for sales and customer retention.

Consumers are urged to keep an eye out for major auto shows coming up later this year where we suspect several manufactures will roll out their Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration for some 2016 and 2017 model year vehicles.

Don’t you think it is the time that automakers jump on aboard this forward-moving train and give us the choice of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in vehicles with an integrated infotainment system?

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