With the new feature, Android Auto
now has four ways through which calls can be made within the vehicle.
"Ford is not taking the traditional approach of introducing Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto
on a few piecemeal models or as an expensive option on luxury vehicles only," says Jeffrey Hannah, Director of North America for global automotive technology research firm SBD.
All 2019 Renault models will come equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
What this means is that Android Auto
will now get Google Assistant 's intelligent functionalities, and add a layer of connected services to car equipped with Android Auto
At I/O 2014, Google announced Android Auto
as a simplified, ergonomic interface for drivers to access connected applications via a car's infotainment system.
As against Apple's measly third party app support for CarPlay in India, Android Auto
brings support for over 50 third party apps, including the essential communication apps like WhatsApp, Facebook and even Google Hangouts.
Kenwood USA is touting the Apple CarPlay ad Android Auto
compatibility of its flagship multimedia receiver, the eXcelon DNX8935S; the unit includes built-in HD Radio.
The model plans to replace the infotainment unit with one capable of running Android Auto
and Apple CarPlay.
The model features LED Daytime Running Lights that flow into the bumper, front grille inserts and a sleek headlamp assembly, disc brakes on all four wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control system, eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
connectivity, auto headlamps and wipers, double USB ports, auto dimming IRVM, dual-tone cabin finish, cruise control, Electronic Stability Control, leather seats and sunroof.
For the end-user, most functionalities will be retained from Android Auto
It also has driver-aid features such as ESP, Hill Descent Control, a touchscreen infotainment system which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
, reverse parking camera, auto-climate control, auto headlamps and rain sensing wipers.