2016 Upcoming Car Gadgets; Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

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2016 Upcoming Car Gadgets; Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto Coming to 2016

After full one year of hype in 2015, the announcement that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are coming to 2016 ensures that your car is going to be a great place to sit and relax as well - whether you're stuck in traffic or going out for a long drive with your friends and family.

Top two companies of the world - Google and Apple have announced new in-car systems. ‘CarPlay’ by Apple and ‘Android Auto’ by Google are programs intended to coordinate Smartphone apps used in cars to make them easier to use and less distracting. Google has tied up with Hyundai Sonata to get built-in Android Auto. Pioneer stereo (Pioneer AVIC-8100NEX) is already selling an aftermarket stereo and navigation system you can have installed that works with CarPlay and Android Auto.

In 2016, Cars with both Apple and Google software installed are yet to to be announced. General Motors & Hyundai (Sonata) have decided to offer Android, Apple systems in many 2016 models which will turn a car's dashboard screen into a big Smartphone. These systems once plugged into the car's USB port, will convert the screen to resemble a Smartphone. The user will then be able to play a music library, log on to music apps with a touch, send and receive text messages by voice, and even call up Apple or Google Maps for navigation. There will be a reasonable or no additional cost applicable to add these devices to your car. If something goes wrong with the system on the software end, Apple and Google will be responsible for the device under warranty condition. 

Chevrolet  mentioned that it will roll out Android and Apple compatible car systems across 14 different models in 2016, including the Cruze, Spark, Malibu, Impala, Volt, Camaro, Camaro Convertible, Corvette, Corvette Convertible, Colorado, Tahoe, Silverado, Silverado HD, and Suburban. That’s more than any other manufacturer out there in the market, and more GM vehicles will eventually follow this category. Cadillac is the latest car brand to announce plans to integrate Apple CarPlay and Android Auto into new models.

The idea behind both systems in one car is that since the drivers are going to be using their phones for entertainment and navigation, they might as well use the displays and controls already built into their cars. This can limit the dangers of distracted driving caused by focusing on a phone while behind the wheel. At the same time Google has put a number of restrictions on Android Auto to make sure that drivers don’t get distracted from watching the road. The notifications from Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or any other social networking sites won’t come up at all in Android Auto. 

It is anticipated that  there will be five panes in Android Auto: Navigation with Google Maps tools available on your phone, Phone Dialer to display your call log as well as favorite contacts, Information, Media and Music to play music or podcasts that are on your phone, and a Diagnostic Pane that can display the vehicle’s vitals like tire pressure or fuel efficiency.

Apple has also announced that upcoming vehicles will offer complete wireless connection between your ride and your phone. Currently, CarPlay users have to plug devices into a USB port in the vehicle by a cable to gain in-dash control of their Smartphones. However, in future cars, Apple cuts the cord on CarPlay. iOS users will be able to get in car and connect without taking the phone out of pocket.

“In future cars, you’ll be able to get in your car without taking your phone out of your bag or out of your pocket and start experiencing CarPlay effortlessly,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software Engineering. “It’s going to be really great.”

“CarPlay supports audio apps, and now, in iOS 9, it also supports apps by the automaker to control things in your own car without leaving the CarPlay experience,” explained Federighi.

For now, it’s time to wait and watch who is better on the wheels in 2016: Apple CarPlay  OR  Android Auto? 

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