Apple CarPlay Vs Android Auto: Which Will Your New Car Use?

Sami Haj-Assaad
by Sami Haj-Assaad

As you might have heard, there’s a war for your dashboard going on. Apple and Google are introducing new ways to deliver your smartphone’s user experience through your in-car infotainment system.

The recently announced Android Auto and Apple CarPlay systems are designed to help you access more of your phones features and take advantage of your devices internet connection. Both systems work similarly. You plug your phone in and a familiar interface will greet you on your touchscreen. Android Auto borrows Google’s “cards” interface and uses Google Maps for navigation, while Apple CarPlay uses an interface that’s easily recognizable as iOS.

SEE ALSO: What is Apple CarPlay?

Both systems feature voice recognition and the ability to integrate the data from your phone with your car. For example, if a calendar entry in your phone says you have a meeting across town, that information is sent from your device to your car where it will give you the option to start navigating to that location without requiring you to punch in the address again.

SEE ALSO: What is Android Auto?

There’s something else you need to know about both systems: your phone might not be compatible. Android Auto is only compatible with Android devices running the latest version of the operating system. Apple CarPlay has the same criteria and is specifically available for iPhones. Automakers also have to choose to support the systems.

Could cell phone compatibility play a role in how you choose your next car? Here’s the list of automakers that have announced support for either or both systems. Keep checking back as we continue to update this list with the latest news regarding Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

AutomakerApple CarPlayAndroid AutoBoth
AcuraYes
Aston Martin
AudiYesYesYes
BentleyYes
BMWYes
Buick
Cadillac
ChevroletYesYesYes
ChryslerYesYesYes
DodgeYesYesYes
FerrariYes
FiatYesYesYes
FordYesYesYes
GMC
HondaYesYesYes
HyundaiYesYesYes
InfinitiYes
JaguarYes
JeepYesYesYes
KiaYesYesYes
Lamborghini
Land RoverYes
Lexus
Lincoln
Lotus
MaseratiYes
MazdaYesYesYes
Mercedes-BenzYes
MINIYes
MitsubishiYesYesYes
NissanYesYesYes
Porsche
RamYesYesYes
Rolls-Royce
Scion
Smart
SubaruYesYesYes
Tesla
ToyotaYes
VolkswagenYes
VolvoYesYesYes
Sami Haj-Assaad
Sami Haj-Assaad

Sami has an unquenchable thirst for car knowledge and has been at AutoGuide for the past six years. He has a degree in journalism and media studies from the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto and has won multiple journalism awards from the Automotive Journalist Association of Canada. Sami is also on the jury for the World Car Awards.

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  • Raymond Ramrez Raymond Ramrez on Jul 09, 2014

    Android is more common, and less costly to use. I worked with Unix, AIX, Solaris, HP-UX, Minix, and Linux, and Android has their heritage as the best O/S in the world.

  • Lukas Drives Lukas Drives on Jul 11, 2014

    Why wouldn't every car maker offer both? They're alienating buyers by offering one or th other. I'm a Mini Cooper fan and always wanted one. I'm also an Android user and already have an Android phone. It may sound silly but that's a deal breaker.

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