Apple Car play & android auto
Apple Car Play and Android Auto take certain apps from your phone and put them onto your cars head unit or display while you are driving.
The main apps allow you to make phone calls, send and receive messages, get directions (via maps or Waze) and listen to your music whilst staying focused on the road.
Apple car play is for users of Apple iPhones. Android Auto is for Android phones such as Samsung & Huawei.
Each system allows a limited number of apps to be used, you can see the Apple CarPlay apps here: https://www.apple.com/uk/ios/carplay/ and the Android Auto apps here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/collection/promotion_3001303_android_auto_all
With some vehicles you are able to use voice control, the touch screen and the knobs/controls in the car.
CAN I GET APPLE CARPLAY OR ANDROID AUTO IN MY CAR?
If your car is compatible we have a number of “interfaces” that are installed behind the dash – so the vehicle doesn’t look any different but has a USB lead to your glove box to be able to us Apple CarPlay or Android Auto on your head unit.
I DO NOT HAVE A COMPATIBLE INTERFACE, CAN I STILL GET APPLE CARPLAY OR ANDROID AUTO?
If your car doesn’t have a compatible interface it may be possible to change your existing stereo for an aftermarket Apple CarPlay or Android Auto stereo.
Depending on the vehicle you have and the features you will require will depend on the best route forward for you.
What is the difference between Apple Carplay or android auto
Apple car play is for iPhone users, whereas Android Auto is for Android users such as Samsung, Google or HTC. This video shows the Apple Car Play demonstration in a Mercedes C63.
Can I mirrorlink my phone to my car
Compatible phones will allow you to directly copy whatever is on your phone to the screen in your car. This is called Mirror linking or Autolink. This is great for showing media but can’t be skipped/changed using the vehicles original controls. You need to touch the phone to be able to change what is being displayed. You can see an example of Android Autolink in this video demonstration in a Mercedes C63. This is the same interface installed that allows Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Autolink for screen mirroring.
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