How Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are Transforming Vehicle Infotainment Systems
Manufacturers are always looking for the next way to make the driving experience better for their customers, and this year, many are overhauling their infotainment systems in order to attract buyers looking for the most advanced audio, navigation, and communication technology available. Honda is no exception, as the brand’s 2016 Civic is the second vehicle the manufacturer offers that supports Apple’s CarPlay system, joining the 2016 Accord released earlier this year.
The Civic will have a seven-inch touchscreen display that supports the iPhone 5 and newer models with iOS 8.4 and above. The CarPlay system works with devices running the iOS operating system, allowing drivers to access the functionality of their device while on the road. The screen displays a simplified version of the iOS interface, allowing users to access their Apple applications like phone, messages, maps, music, podcasts, and a handful of others. Features include hands- and eyes-free operation of Siri, the iPhone’s virtual personal assistant, plus satellite navigation, music control, iMessage control, and telephone instruction and control.
The CarPlay system has appeared in several models of vehicles since it was first released in the Ferrari FF in 2014. So far, several other automakers including GM, Ford, Volkswagen, BMW, and others have either begun integrating the system into their vehicles or pledge to do so in future models. Electronics brands like Pioneer, Alpine, and others have begun to integrate CarPlay into their auto sound system technology.
The Civic also supports Android Auto, the competing platform’s new music system for its users. The premise is similar to CarPlay, as it provides hands-free operation, voice control, and steering wheel control to allow drivers to access their music and other infotainment without taking their focus off the road. The Android system gives drivers access to Google Maps, music apps, communication apps, and more.
With so many advancements in technology, the future of vehicle infotainment looks bright and sounds even better!