In-car technology has advanced significantly in the past few decades, offering innovative features such as Apple CarPlay. With this feature, you can use your iPhone to access apps through your car’s infotainment screen. If you don’t have an iPhone, many cars offer it too Android Auto as an alternative.
Recently, Apple announced a massive update to CarPlay at the end of next year. It will add more customization capabilities for drivers, vehicle climate controls, and other features. However, it is not clear whether every automaker will benefit from the modernization or not.
Popular Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
As of 2021, 80% of new cars offer Apple CarPlay support, CNBC reports. Although it was originally an optional feature on flagship vehicles, increased availability has led to the feature becoming standard. Wireless Apple CarPlay is more common on high-end makes and models, but there are some exceptions.
According to recent studies, 56% of drivers look for Apple CarPlay when shopping for cars. CNBC 23% of drivers would not even consider buying a car without CarPlay. Since these stats go back to 2017, it is safe to assume that these numbers are probably greater with the widespread application of CarPlay nowadays.
One year after Apple CarPlay was introduced, Android Auto debuted in 2015 Hyundai Sonata. Although it works similarly to CarPlay, Android Auto still has some noticeable differences in the layout. Android Auto It also has more third-party apps, and some reviewers say its digital assistant is easier to use than CarPlay’s Siri.
Which car manufacturers will absorb the new Apple CarPlay?
The next software update is a plus Apple CarPlay Functions for compatible car digital gauge clusters and any other vehicle monitors. You will be able to check your car’s fuel or battery level, driving speed and mileage through CarPlay. The new update will also allow you to see weather forecasts and control the stereo seats and heating in your car.
for every car policeApple has already revealed some mainstream and luxury car manufacturers that may support software update. Ford, Honda, Hyundai and Nissan are on the list. Most of the Apple CarPlay partners that have been revealed are luxury brands such as Audi, Infiniti, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo.
However, official data from these automakers seem to indicate that the news is not consistent. For example, Mercedes-Benz officials say that any new technologies within the company must be reviewed before they are implemented.
according to the edgeFord declined to provide additional feedback to support the upcoming Apple CarPlay update. GM and Toyota spokespeople also hinted that neither company has committed to installing the new update. Only a few companies, including BMW and Polestar, have concrete implementation plans.
The Verge speculates that this reluctance stems from existing commitments with other tech companies, notably Google and Amazon. Additionally, Apple’s software is known to not allow for much customization outside of what the tech giant offers. Automakers may want to work with a software company that gives their engineers more freedom.
Android Auto is ahead of the game
anyway Android Auto It doesn’t have any major updates planned, it already has some customization features that Apple CarPlay lacks. In addition to providing more applications, Android Auto It also makes it easy to switch between the notifications that are displayed on the screens. In addition, car makers are free to develop their own infotainment interfaces to work alongside Google’s software.
According to a car-connected navigation expert, Apple is more interested in maintaining the “Apple experience” across all of its software applications. That might make things easier for most users of Apple products, but these strict standards don’t appeal to most automakers.