Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay to compete on automotive turf
These days the two popular operating systems most of the smart phones using are Apple IOS in case of Apple iPhone, and Android in case of multiple numbers of smart phones from many vendors including the premium Samsung to moderately priced Chinese made smart phones. When most of the smartphone users get into their car and they wish to have a seamless connectivity between smart phone and cars infotainment system. If the car uses same OS platform what smart phone is using it makes life easier for that seamless connectivity. That's the reason both Apple and Google are targeting automotive market in a big way.
If you're owning a Android smart phone and you wish to have a car infotainment system supporting Android OS. Here is one latest announcement, where Mahindra & Mahindra has joined the open automotive Alliance (OAA) which is working to bring Google's Android platforms to cars.
Some of the features Mahindra is offering by leveraging Android auto technology includes eyes-free technology like voice and spoken directions advise and integrated controls such as steering wheel buttons.
Mahindra & Mahindra is the first Indian automotive OEM joining this alliance. XUV 500 and Scorpio are the two car models soon to have Android Auto based infotainment systems. Mahindra vehicles to have in-car access to Google Maps and other third party Android apps via an infotainment screen.
Whatever the car you are buying better to make sure the infotainment system inside the car supports your smart phone OS. A lot of luxury cars in the market also use proprietary OS for security reasons. However they may have to offer seamless connectivity to smart phones. What is required for the end-user is easy-to-use less cumbersome and secure systems so, the moment car owner gets inside the car, the car infotainment system will replace the smart phone.
We got to wait and see if there is another popular car maker in India announcing tie-up with Apple for its CarPlay, so that it makes it little easier for Apple iPhone users for that seamless connectivity.