Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

Sextons London can retrofit older cars to include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on their dashboards so more vehicle owners can experience the remarkable benefits of these apps and the accessible functions. The installation is made possible by using replacement audio units (offered by leading audio systems manufacturers such as Kenwood, Sony, and Pioneer) that are compatible with either Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.

The Apple CarPlay software allows the driver to navigate crucial iPhone functions while maintaining a safe driving experience. It is compatible for use with the iPhone 5 up to the iPhone 11 Pro Max. The apps on the iPhone are mirrored on the software installed on the vehicle and can be accessed through the touchscreen on the car’s dashboard.

The user interface is designed to be a simplified version of the one found on the iPhone so that the driver can continue driving safely without the need to tinker with the apps just to get the required functionality. To further reduce distractions while driving, the iPhone screen will be locked while CarPlay is active.

CarPlay is being offered in car models from every major car manufacturer. Older cars that do not have this software installed can still benefit from the flawless connectivity by retrofitting the vehicle with a replacement audio unit that is compatible with Apple CarPlay. .

Apple CarPlay provides access to the following functions and more through the dashboard’s touchscreen:

  • Make calls

  • Access text messages (read out loud by Siri)

  • Listen to music on Apple Music, Google Play Music, and Spotify

  • Listen to iMessage and WhatsApp messages

  • Get directions from navigation apps such as Google Maps or Waze

CarPlay is being offered in car models from every major car manufacturer. Older cars that do not have this software installed can still benefit from the flawless connectivity by retrofitting the vehicle with a replacement audio unit that is compatible with Apple CarPlay.

What is Android Auto?

Developed by Google, the Android Auto mobile app is designed to mirror the features found on an Android device and make them accessible through the vehicle’s entertainment head unit. Once the Android phone is connected to the car display, the apps will show up as a streamlined version on the touchscreen to provide a safer and more enjoyable driving experience. The apps can also be controlled through Google’s speech recognition software or by using the car’s buttons to access commands such as music track selection and voice activation.

One big advantage of using Android Auto is that the navigation maps and apps are regularly updated to reflect new information. Real-time and accurate traffic updates enhance the satellite navigation systems, while mapping is kept up to date with even the brand-new roads for a smoother driving experience.

The following functions (and more) can be accessed through Android Auto:

  • Help from Google Assistant
  • Navigation through Waze and Google Maps (or ask Google Assistant to find gas along a route)
  • Make calls
  • Chat apps
  • Messaging
  • Listen to audiobooks
  • Play music

Android Auto is most often built into the infotainment systems of selected car manufacturers, but it can be installed in older vehicles through aftermarket head units that support the technology.