Updates to Apple CarPlay and Android AutoOctober 14, 2019
Most cars that were manufactured within the past several years are equipped with smartphone-based infotainment systems that offer a range of interactive features, such as navigation, audio, and phone features. Apple CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto systems are updating their technology, but consumers will not need to learn how to navigate a vehicle’s new built-in system. Instead, they will be able to access the new features by simply plugging in their phone, or, in some cases, connecting it wirelessly. In an effort to avoid dangerous distractions while driving, both systems use more streamlined functionality and larger icons. Both systems received positive reviews by Consumer Reports.
Updates to Android Auto
The latest Android Auto home screen has been replaced with a grid of apps, similar to what appears on the phone’s screen. If the Google Assistant logo appears under the app’s icon, the motorist can only use it with their voice. This is an upgrade from having to double tap a menu button, which can cause the driver to be distracted. A menu bar also appears at the bottom of the screen, which allows the driver to control apps that run in the background. Depending on the size of the screen, the menu bar may take up too much space, leaving little room for other important information.
Updates to Apple CarPlay
Apple’s latest mobile operating system is the iOS 13; this will include the most recent version of Apple CarPlay. The most significant changes that Consumer Reports noticed right away occurred as soon as the iPhone was plugged in. Rather than a grid full of apps, CarPlay’s new home screen is what Apple calls the Dashboard, which is divided into three windows. The left window features icons for frequently used apps, the middle is a large Apple Maps screen, and the right has audio controls and other app displays.
Unfortunately, in compact vehicles that have smaller screens, the Dashboard looks cramped, and the icons can be difficult to accurately touch when driving. In addition, the navigation system used is Apple Maps, and not the more popular Google Maps or the Waze navigation map. The split screen may increase driver distraction, said head of connected and automated vehicle technology testing at Consumer Reports.
Overall, Consumer Reports found that the updated versions of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay provide an improved experience to a vehicle’s built-in infotainment system. In addition, both systems help minimize driver distraction. However, Google’s updates to Android Auto are more effective at reducing driver distraction compared to Apple’s CarPlay updates.
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