Almost every new car has
As per the report, almost 98% of new cars are compatible with CarPlay or Android Auto. The report also notes that 80% of prospective buyers prefer having Apple-powered or Android-powered infotainment systems. “Major premium automobile manufacturers are working to improve the current infotainment systems or provide better hardware to stand out to keep their devoted customer base,” states the report.
In India, from entry-level segment cars to premium cars, infotainment systems have evolved tremendously in the last few years. Connected cars are becoming the norm and the infotainment system remains the driver.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are two popular in-car systems that allow you to use your smartphone’s features through your car’s infotainment system. Both systems offer a variety of features, including navigation, music playback, and voice-activated controls. However, there are some key differences between the two systems.
Apple CarPlay is designed to work seamlessly with Apple devices, such as the iPhone and iPad. The interface is similar to the one you’re used to on your iPhone, and you can access apps, including Maps, Music, Messages, and Phone. CarPlay also supports third-party apps, such as Spotify and Waze.
Android Auto is designed to work with Android devices. The interface is similar to the one you’re used to on your Android device, and you can access apps, including Google Maps, Google Play Music, and Google Messages. Like CarPlay, Android Auto also supports third-party apps, such as Spotify, Amazon Music and Waze.
Here is a table that summarises the key differences between Apple CarPlay and Android Auto:
|Feature||Apple CarPlay||Android Auto|
|Interface||Similar to iOS||Similar to Android|
|Supported apps||Maps, Music, Messages, Phone, third-party apps||Maps, Music, Messages, Phone, third-party apps|
|Availability||In select cars from most major automakers||In select cars from most major automakers|
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available in both wired and wireless versions. The wireless versions are more expensive, but they can be more convenient.