CarPlay, which runs on the iPhone, puts a number of driver-friendly apps on the Volkswagen’s built-in display. Drivers can get directions, send and receive messages, and listen to audiobooks or music, all controlled through the vehicle’s touchscreen, steering wheel buttons, or by Siri, Volkswagen said in a statement.
CarPlay supports third-party apps including Spotify, Audible, and MLB.com at Bat. The system is compatible with iPhone 5 or later, and iOS 7.1 or later.
Android Auto does generally the same thing, although it organizes contextual information into “cards” that appear on the overview screen when needed. The voice recognition system in the car can be used to control the software.
Drivers with Android Lollipop 5.0-powered smartphones can make or take phone calls, listen to incoming messages, or respond to messages by voice. Google Maps provides voice-guided navigation, real-time traffic, and predictive features based on driver preferences.
Third party apps include Spotify, iHeart Radio, Stitcher, and messaging apps including Whatsapp, and Skype.