Volkswagens with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto infotainment systems will be arriving in showrooms this week, says the automaker.
Android Auto allows users to use supported driver-friendly apps and organizes contextual information into “cards” that appear on the overview screen when needed. The voice recognition system in the car can be used to control the software.
Drivers with Android Lollipop 5.0-powered smartphones can make or take phone calls, listen to incoming messages, or respond to messages by voice. Google Maps provides voice-guided navigation, real-time traffic, and predictive features based on driver preferences.
Users with iPhones can have similar functionality by using Apple’s CarPlay for driver-friendly apps on the Volkswagen’s built-in display. Drivers can get directions, send and receive messages, and listen to audiobooks or music, all controlled through the vehicle’s touchscreen, steering wheel buttons, or via Siri, Volkswagen said.
CarPlay currently supports third-party apps like Spotify, Audible, and MLB.com at Bat. CarPlay is compatible with iPhone 5 or later, and iOS 7.1 or later. Android Auto supports slightly more third-party apps such as Spotify, iHeart Radio, Stitcher, and messaging apps including Whatsapp, and Skype.