So yesterday Apple announced CarPlay, a feature in which iOS would basically be integrated into vehicles. Some of the car companies that would be part of the program included Ferrari, Mercedes, and Volvo, which would later be followed up by other companies such as BMW, Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, and more.
Now interestingly enough it seems that some of Apple’s partners will be sticking to CarPlay, Mercedes-Benz will not be using CarPlay exclusively. Instead Mercedes-Benz will also offer up Google’s own in-car infotainment system once the feature has been made available. This is according to a recent press release by Mercedes-Benz where they revealed their Android plans as well.
“As soon as Google brings its own in-car infotainment system to market, Mercedes-Benz customers will also be able to enjoy the world of Android in their cars.” So why Android too? Well Mercedes-Benz states that it is due to the success of the Android-based infotainment system found in the SLS AMG from back in 2011.
On top of that, Mercedes-Benz is expected to continue offering its Drive Kit Plus, Digital DriveStyle App, COMAND Online, and so on. It will be interesting to see how all these infotainment systems offered by Mercedes-Benz will co-exist with one another.
Will Mercedes-Benz allow customers to choose between CarPlay, Android, and their own offerings? Or will it be specifically locked to different models? What do you guys think?