Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto were announced last year as the foray of smartphone technology into the car dashboard – and now a myriad of 2016 model year vehicles will come equipped with either or even both.
Most of the US best-selling cars will be updated with the software that seamlessly integrates the owner’s smartphone into the car’s dashboard via the existing infotainment system. Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto will reach autos as affordable as a mundane Chevrolet Spark and make them your four wheeled robotic assistants that can help you find your way around, play music or find places of interest. As the systems are in their early days, we might be confronted with the same instances that we were let’s say back in the days of the first versions of the iOS and Android, when voice commands brought something else than you had in mind. Still, first reports put them as being both comfortable to use and very intuitive.
They are also tasked with enhancing safety, because in the best case scenario the driver will have fewer steps to fulfill to get the desired result. Still, there are concerns about distracted driving – “Anything that takes your attention away from the task of driving is not something you want to engage in,” comments Kathy Lane, a spokeswoman for the National Safety Council, which is a Congress created nonprofit organization. And either of the systems has been put through its paces by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which is known to study both human and mechanical factors and trying to lower the count of vehicle accidents.