Everything about Carplay/Android Auto

If you ever dreamt of your car being smart enough to be at your command, your messenger or entertainer, CarPlay has made it come true. This is everything about CarPlay/Android Auto

CarPlay/Android Auto allows your iPhone/Android phone’s interface be on the car’s inbuilt infotainment system. This makes almost everything you did on iOS or Android possible even without your hands’ involvement. Be it a call, message, or even a location on maps, CarPlay responds you as you command it. CarPlay is the feature offered by Apple while Android Auto delivered by Google. Both do quite a similar job in terms of functionality and its offerings. But they do have restrictions or limitations which are unique to their own products too.

It is true that a considerable number of accidents were reported years ago in the US and many other countries due to texting or involving with at least grabbing the phone to see the display while driving. Even now almost all the people around the world find it so hard to respond to the texts or emails when the hands are on the wheel. As you read this,  you might perhaps remember how many times you had to stop your car in order to respond them. Understandably it is really frustrating. And also it puts you in the risk of being met in an accident as it distracts you demanding you to engage with the device. But thanks to CarPlay and Android auto for the smart solution that they have come up with. 

CarPlay/Androd Auto in a nut-shell

CarPlay/Android auto feature is not as same as the blue-tooth telephone feature we had those times. This allows you voice/command or dictate the infotainment system to get the things done for you by interacting with your iOS or Android device. Most of the newest cars or inbuilt system support this CarPlay or Android Auto. And some of the car makers like Mazda are now working on making their upcoming models carplay compatible. For example, Mazda has added Apple CarPlay and Android Auto feature to their Mazda 6 , 2018-2019.

What if the car doesn’t support CarPlay? Should I upgrade my car?

With this latest advancement of car’s being smarter with the mobile phone integration, the most common problem that have emerged is whether the existing car should be upgraded in order to enjoy CarPlay/Android Auto on it. The best answer is, if you can afford, and really in the passion, go for it.

Upgrading your car costs you thousands of dollars more. Upgrading the car in a rush just to have CarPlay/Android Auto may even leave you frustrated in the long run. because you only considered of CarPlay when upgrading. Therefore it is wise if you could go for an aftermarket solution If you really want Carplay/Android Auto in the car. It gives you the same CarPlay experience while bringing you economical advantage.

Aftermarket Solutions

Aftermarket includes all manufacturing, retailing or installing all the parts of a vehicle after its industry sale to its customer. Anyone who suffers from his car not being supported to CarPlay or Android can easily take advantage of this. The best aftermarket solution is installing a separate infotainment system which supports this feature.  

Compatible infotainment systems that are available in the market are mentioned below.

  • Kenwood
  • Sony
  • Clarion
  • Alpine
  • JVC

CarPlay aftermarket solutions

CarPlay on your car, is not impossible. It is really achievable even without a non compatible car if you go for an alternative as mentioned. Truly, CarPlay has already captured many of its users’ heart as it gives REAL meaning for INFOTAINMENT system; Information + Entertainment.

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