Audi talked Android Auto… and now, CarPlay!

June 29, 2014

About 3 months ago, Apple announced that it was launching CarPlay in collaboration with leading carmakers. Now, Audi is stepping into the pool of car manufacturers eager to have their customers make the most out of their car’s infotainment system with this feature.

CarPlay provides a fast way to use iPhone and iOS in your car and basically allows users to use maps, make calls, access messages, and more, activated by touch or voice command.

If users want to access CarPlay from their vehicle’s interface, they can easily do so by just activating Siri by accessing the voice control button on the steering wheel so as to not be distracted from driving.

The earliest adopters of the program include Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, and Volvo, which premiered the program to their customers not long after it was announced.

Just recently, Audi has publicized its plans to support Apple’s CarPlay along with supporting Google’s Android Auto.

Audi’s Multi Media Interface (MMI) will include the new features in hopes of eventually allowing drivers to access all the functions they are able to from their smartphones onto the operating systems in their cars.

When Audi commented about the new move, it emphasized the importance of having a user-friendly UI along with data security. To minimize distractions and maintain security, the car manufacturer commented that the car’s infotainment system will be separated from automobile-relative actions so that unauthorized access data will be prevented.

Audi has already integrated the Android Auto platform in its vehicles alongside the apps, which include features like Google Maps and Google Play for music.

So at the moment, the famous German carmaker is reportedly in talks with Apple to start with integrating CarPlay.

The great part about the new move is that drivers can at any time choose which system they prefer to have integrated in their vehicle. 

Source: iClarified 

by micha
Micheline has a a sweet-tooth for dark chocolate and cappuccinos, an almost obsessive-compulsive aversion to dust on Blu-ray discs, and a passion for regularly playing tennis on her Nintendo Wii. Matched with her love of writing, she is the Editor of T3 Middle East's Levant English publication and English website, and the Associated Editor for the GCC English publication.