What Are Android Auto and Apple CarPlay?

Google and Apple both utilize software that allows your Android or iPhone to interface with your vehicle. This can allow you to use your phone hands-free while driving. For example, you play music from your phone, make and answer calls, have text messages read to you, and you can even dictate voice messages to send.

Other apps are getting on board, making this software even more powerful and practical for drivers. Google Maps or Apple Maps can interact with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay to turn your dashboard HUD into a GPS.

So what do you need in order to get started using this technology? First of all, your car has to be set up for it. This is becoming more and more common with brand new cars. However, if your vehicle is even just a few years old, you may need to upgrade the head unit in order to have the proper software and display on your dashboard.

The main difference is that Apple CarPlay starts working as soon as you plug your iPhone in with a USB cable. Android Auto requires you to have an app on your phone that lets it sync with the car. The software makes use of Siri and Google Now, respectively, so you can use the voice commands you are already familiar with if you use these digital assistants at home or the office.

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