Apple’s CarPlay Overtakes Android Auto: AAA Study

AAA conducts research and asks several questions to male and female car owners; the agency has come up with interesting findings. According to the study, Apple's CarPlay and Android Auto offer better infotainment systems than designed by carmakers.

Apple’s CarPlay is your ultimate copilot, and apart from Apple, many users have begun to believe this fact. If you want to get convinced yourself, check the study conducted by AAA on CarPlay, Android Auto and native in-vehicle information systems (IVIS) built by five different car manufacturers.

The study includes both male and female drivers, who were asked to perform different tasks using CarPlay, Android Auto, and the native IVIS to share their experiences. The tasks include making phone calls, sending text messages, using audio entertainment, and programming the navigation system (using Maps app.)

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Apple’s CarPlay Surpasses Android Auto Experience Says AAA Study

The results will inevitably push carmakers into the research mode as CarPlay, and Android Auto have proved their superiority over the native infotainment systems. The key finding reveals that, “CarPlay and Android Auto systems generated an overall moderate level of demand, whereas the built-in (native) systems led to overall very high levels of demand.”

Between the competition of CarPlay and Android Auto, researchers found that CarPlay requires less driver attention than Android’s system when it comes to sending text messages. However, Android has the edge over Apple in programming the GPS. Apple needs to improve itself in this area.

Notably, native infotainment systems cannot be discarded altogether just because CarPlay and Android Auto came out as less distracted driving. The research warns that “Motorists should only use these technologies for legitimate emergencies or urgent, driver-related purposes.”

What is CarPlay?

CarPlay is available in almost all leading car models of the world. As the name suggests, it is a copilot and helps you use your iPhone in your car. So while driving your car, you can navigate routes, make/receive calls, send and receive text messages, and listen to your favorite music – everything in a manner that helps you stay focused on the road.

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The best thing about CarPlay is that you can use your voice (command to Siri), touch, or knobs and controls to use CarPlay.

CarPlay is available in more than 400 car models from companies like Ford, Chrysler, Chevrolet, Volkswagen, Honda, Toyota, Subaru, BMW, Hyundai, and many others. If you are planning to buy a new car, simply check to see which model offers this facility. Alternatively, you can add CarPlay to your current car with an aftermarket system like Alpine, Kenwood, Clarion, JVC, Pioneer, Sony and others.

As mentioned above, Apple needs to improve in the area of programming GPS as Android Auto offers better service. Apple might have taken a cue from this, and a complete overhaul of Apple’s Maps app in iOS 12 is underway. This will undoubtedly improve your navigation experience while using Apple’s CarPlay.

Are you ready to go into overdrive?

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CarPlay is surely a feature to consider before you buy a new car. This feature is compatible with almost all the iPhones like iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, iPhone Se, iPhone 6/6s, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 8/8 Plus, and iPhone X. Would you like to use CarPlay while you are driving?

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.


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