Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are popping up everywhere – with the majority of manufacturers either already offering the technology in cars in Australia, or planning to in the very near future.
It’s essentially software, installed into the infotainment system that gives you access to a simple version of your phones operating system on the car’s media display.
The Holden Captiva is compatible with both platforms – I’m an iPhone girl so I’ll try that first.
It’s simple. Plug your phone in and you’re on. No need for tedious Bluetooth pairing, and your phone is constantly charging.
Use Siri to help access the apps you need without you breaking the law by touching your phone.
You can also use the touchscreen, steering wheel controls or the buttons and dials on the centre stack.
Some of the features include Apple Maps… you can even find addresses from your emails and messages.
Using voice control, you can get the car to read your messages, and you can reply by voice too.
Siri helps to make calls, answer calls or listen to voicemail and you can stream music using supported apps like spotify or iTunes.
Android Auto also offers access to maps, apps, music, and you can make calls. It is however a simpler system with not as many function.
Be warned though – you’re using your mobile data and streaming music on a road trip may prove costly.