dashboard view of Apple CarPlay

What are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Availability & Features

Smartphones have become such an ingrained part of our society that it’s only natural they’ve become a part of our day-to-day driving experience as well. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are the two most popular third-party smartphone integration services. These apps allow drivers to display a simplified version of their phone’s operating system on their dashboard display. We’ve broken down everything you need to know about Apple CarPlay and Android Auto availability and features.  

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Apple CarPlay and Android Auto allow drivers to make calls, write texts, play music, listen to podcasts and utilize navigational features. Accessing these features are made simple: After plugging in your device (after installing the relevant app for Android Auto users) the phone’s operating system will appear on compatible displays.

To keep drivers’ attention on the road and their hands on the wheel, voice-activated controls are standard for both services. Various third-party apps such as Spotify, Stitcher, Pandora, At Bat, Slacker Radio and Audible are available in addition to both systems’ default configuration. Texting is handled through voice-to-text transcription software.

Smartphone on a map using a navigation appApple CarPlay and Android Auto Vehicle Model Availability

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both supported by over 400 models each. Full compatibility lists can be found on the Apple and Android websites. Apple CarPlay made its debut in 2014 and Android Auto followed soon after in 2015. For drivers who own vehicles that are not supported, it is also possible to install a third-party display that does support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. These aftermarket units are available through Kenwood, Pioneer, Sony, JVC, Clarion, Alpine and Panasonic.

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