Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s CarPlay is coming to nine more automakers including Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Mazda, and Ram. These companies join the list of twenty other automakers that plan to adding CarPlay systems inside select cars in the near future.
CarPlay brings iPhone experience to the automobile
CarPlay is a dashboard powered by iOS. It initially debuted last March as a way to integrate the mobile phone experience into vehicles. It also makes it easy to access iPhone features without having to pick up a smartphone. It enables drivers to make phone calls, access messages, listen to music, access maps, and more. Drivers can simply access these features with spoken word or tap the touchscreen. Drivers can use the native interface or push-control button to activate the Siri voice-activated feature. CarPlay’s features are still considered basic even if it is a significant improvement from traditional car dashboards.
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Greg Joswiak (vice president for iPhone and iOS Product Marketing) claimed Apple built CarPlay from the ground up to give drivers a better iOS experience in the car. iPhone users want instant content at their fingertips and CarPlay gives drivers use the iPhone without distractions when driving.
Google will soon launch Android Auto
Google plans to follow Apple’s route by bringing Android to car dashboards. Last month, there was report of Google finalizing plans to launch Android Auto. Like CarPlay, this system will be optimized for voice. It will include access for navigation, Google Maps, Text Messaging, Google Play Music, and other apps. Android Auto will also be compatible with dashboard buttons, dials, knobs, and steering wheel. Everything on the screen is actually casted from the smartphone and those who own powerful Android-based smartphones will enjoy a better in-car experience.
Google will soon send the development kit to developers in hopes to get other companies like Pandora and Spotify to create apps for the new system.