Apple and Google have announced two different solutions for accessing the contents of your mobile device while driving.
Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto are the two companies’ attempts at re-imagining what the user interface of your car’s in-dash experience should look like. 9to5Mac has released a full comparison video between CarPlay and Android Auto, which can be seen below.
The comparison video was recorded at the LA Auto Show in the 2015 Hyundai Sonata. The latest model of the Sonata comes with the ability to use both Apple’s and Google’s solution.
Apple’s CarPlay looks like a simplified iOS user interface and uses voice recognition to perform the majority of tasks. If you use an iPhone and Siri on a daily basis, then CarPlay should be really easy to use.
On the other hand, Google’s Android Auto brings a Google Now-like design with a card-based interface. However, while driving the predominate way to use Android Auto is through voice recognition. If you are used to Android and Google Now, then you should feel right at home when using Android Auto.
“CarPlay and Android Auto apps are not installed directly on the system, but instead work as projections from your iOS device. If you install an app that has integration, the selection will be available on the interface’s home screen. Android Auto is still in beta, but the APIs and SDK have been made available to developers which will allow many of your favorite apps to roll out integration in the near future. With CarPlay there’s an API, but Apple will need to whitelist apps for them to be available. Keep in mind, neither of these platforms are available in the 2015 Hyundai Sonata yet, but will be available in the future.”
Both CarPlay and Android Auto are currently in beta and are expected to be finalized and released (without the beta tag) over the next year.