There’s so much technology in the world today that it can be hard to keep up with all of the new updates, releases, and advancements. New tech can be found everywhere in our lives — even on the road.
According to Texting and Driving Safety, even so much as reaching for your device makes you 1.4x more likely to get into an accident.
That’s why Apple came up with a technology called Apple CarPlay that keeps you both hands-free and connected by allowing you to sync your iPhone to your car.
For non-iPhone users, Android has released an interface called Android Auto that is specifically compatible with Android devices. No matter what manufacturer you have chosen, these technologies provide safer, easier access to your apps and messages.
So now it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty — how does Apple CarPlay work? Is Android Auto actually that much different? Don’t they both just help you keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road? Well, yes, but there’s a bit more to it than that.
Other than the fact that they are entirely different devices made by separate manufacturers, Apple and Android have always delivered a different type of product that offer different looks and features.
The different faces of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto provide hands-free messaging, calling, music, and navigation — so what’s the difference? Well, it really boils down to the form of each interface and available apps.
Just like with their mobile devices, each interface is designed differently.
Apple CarPlay looks very much like the layout of the iPhone. The CarPlay apps are Apple’s signature shape and colors. The only changes they’ve made were to make the apps bigger and eliminate unnecessary distractions. For example, you can’t surf the web with Apple CarPlay like you can on your iPhone.
The entire Apple CarPlay interface can be controlled by selecting apps on a touchscreen, using Siri voice control, or toggling with various knobs and controls. While it is in large part the same for Android Auto, app selection is different. With the Android interface, there is no layout of apps like with Apple CarPlay. Instead, buttons for navigation, calling, music, and messages are all in a bar across the bottom of the interface touchscreen.
You can enjoy a variety of music with Apple CarPlay, including your entire personal iTunes music library, Spotify, or Pandora. Android Auto is much more limited and only allows music streaming with Google Play Music.
On their mobile devices, Android and Apple use different navigation technology — and this is reflected in their car interfaces. Depending on which phone you have, you can either activate Apple Maps or Android’s Google Maps to easily find your destination.
The best part about both of these devices is that they are largely hands free. You can make calls, take calls, and send and receive messages without ever lifting your hand off the wheel. It’s simple, innovative, and will keep everyone safer on the road.
It’s going to get even better with iOS 10.
Currently, the only available iOS in the car is iOS 9 — but that will soon change thanks to a new update. Apple has recently announced some changes to iPhone CarPlay with an upcoming upgrade to iOS 10.
To start, there will be increased customization. With iOS 9, there is no wiggle room in the order of your apps on the screen. Apple’s intention here was to keep the focus on the road by stopping you from worrying about which app came first in line, music, or navigation; however, after receiving feedback from customers, they’ve decided to make this arrangement available.
The second change will be their support of third-party messaging apps like WhatsApp and Slack. Not only will the inclusion of these apps change the CarPlay game, but Siri will be able to read them to you while you drive.
Thirdly, Apple Maps will become even more advanced. Apple will add live visual traffic aids and improve the Nearby feature that shows you relevant businesses close to you on your route.
Lastly, iOS 10 will be compatible with a wider variety of cars, including cars that do not yet incorporate touch screens. This means increasing button and dial control compatibility for CarPlay.
Hyundai supports both interfaces, but it’s up to you to choose.
Obviously, since most people already have a phone, they’re somewhat locked into whatever infotainment system comes standard with that device. While you may be limited in this regard, you are still able to choose which car you drive. So, which cars work with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?
Android Auto comes equipped in the following Hyundai models: