Earlier this year, Apple announced CarPlay which would basically see iOS integrated into vehicles. A couple of days ago, Google announced their own version called Android Auto. Now with two different platforms to choose from, how will users decide? Well thankfully car manufacturers are solving that problem for their customers.
Recently companies like Volvo, Hyundai, and Honda have announced that they will be letting customers choose between either iOS or Android in their cars. However with Volvo, they have announced that they will be joining the Open Automotive Alliance which will bring BOTH Carplay and Android Auto in their vehicles.
How does this work, you ask? Well it will rely on the brand new Scalable Product Architecture that will basically allow cars to be compatible with either platform. We’re not too sure how it will work out and how Android Auto and CarPlay will be able to co-exist next to each other, but if you were looking forward to “smarter” cars, we guess you will now have to decide if you want your car to feature iOS or Android as well.
However by offering up the choice or CarPlay or Android Auto, it does not limit the customer’s choice. For example if there was a particular car model you wanted but it did not support CarPlay, only Android Auto, it wouldn’t make sense for you to buy a new phone just so that it will be compatible with the vehicle’s infotainment system, right?