Do you have a 2014 model year or newer Mazda vehicle? You may finally be able to get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in your car.
On Wednesday, the automaker announced that it’s extending CarPlay and Android Auto support to more vehicles after first making these phone-based infotainment technologies available in the 2018 Mazda6 and 2019 CX-9 and CX-5. Now, they’re available as a dealer-installed update for 2014 model year and newer Mazdas with the company’s Connect infotainment system.
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“Applicable Mazda vehicles will be equipped with a more powerful, faster-charging 2.1-amp USB ports in addition to the latest version of Mazda Connect,” the company wrote in its announcement.
With the addition of CarPlay and Android Auto, you’ll be able to safely use smartphone apps via your vehicle’s infotainment system.
“With Mazda’s philosophy to minimize distracted driving, safer operations can be made with the multi-function Commander knob, shortcut buttons, or voice command functions,” Mazda wrote. “This integration helps keep the driver’s hand and eyes away from their smartphone.”
The upgrade costs $ 199, plus around two hours of labor. Call your local Mazda dealer to schedule an appointment.
“Android Auto … actually has more than three times as many apps as Apple’s CarPlay,” reviewer Doug Newcomb wrote. “Not only that, but Android Auto has a major advantage in the form of Google Maps. It’s better than just about any built-in infotainment system we’ve tested, and a no-brainer for Android users with a compatible vehicle.”