Everything you need to know 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. 

CarPlay/Android Auto allows your iPhone/Android phone’s interface to 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 to you as it was commanded to do so. CarPlay is the feature offered by Apple while Android Auto is 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 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 to them. Understandably it is really frustrating. And above all the frustrations, it puts you in the risk of being met in an accident as it distracts you, demanding you to be engaged with the device. But thanks to CarPlay and Android auto for the smart solution that they have come up with to give its customers an excellent experience while on the road

CarPlay or Android auto feature is not as same as the bluetooth 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 systems 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 features 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 has 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 are passionate, go for it.

Upgrading your car costs you thousands of dollars more and going for such an expensive decision in a rush may perhaps draw you away from your satisfaction too in the long run as many other factors unique to your style or way might go disregarded. Therefore it is wise if you could go for an aftermarket solution If you really want Carplay/Android Auto in the car which gives you the same carplay experience while bringing you economical advantage. 

Aftermarket solutions

Aftermarket includes all manufacturing, remanufacturing, retailing or installing all the parts of a vehicle after its industry release or sale by its original manufacturer 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 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 as it basically offers Information + Entertainment.

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