A lot of car manufacturers are now embracing the infotainment systems developed by Apple and Google. These systems are extensions of their mobile operating systems in the car and have been well received by users. Mazda joins the growing list of car manufacturers as it has now confirmed that its cars will get support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
However, despite the fact that it has confirmed Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support for its vehicles, Mazda hasn’t really confirmed precisely which existing sedan and SUV models will get this and when the support is due to arrive.
Mazda made the confirmation alongside the launch of its redesigned 2017 CX-5 but again, it stopped short of confirming which vehicle will be the first to come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support on board.
Jacob Brown, a spokesperson for the company, did mention that both infotainment systems “should be retroactively upgradeable onto all Mazda Connect systems with a potentially minimal hardware addition needed.” This is a good omen for those who own a relatively new Mazda car.
Its cars are powered by the Mazda Connect system which came out back in 2014. The company has been working with both Apple and Google to interface their systems with the Mazda Connect infotainment system.