Audi Announces Plans to Integrate CarPlay Into Its Vehicles

Audi Announces Plans to Integrate CarPlay Into Its Vehicles

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Audi has announced plans to support Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto. Major functions will be integrated into the Audi Multi Media Interface (MMI) in the future, says the company.

"Our customers want to be ‘always on’ and use the services they know from their smartphones in cars as well," says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Board Member for Technical Development at AUDI AG. "In this regard, we are working closely with leading companies like Google and Apple. In the future, customers will be able to use the functions available to them on their smartphones via the operating systems in their cars as well."

"User friendliness and low distraction are important parameters for integrating these functions. Data security also plays a vital role. We are separating the vehicle-related functions from the infotainment features, thereby securing the data against unauthorized access. The customer has to give express consent for the use of data generated in the vehicle,” he continues.

Audi is the only premium automotive manufacturer to be a founding member of the Google Open Automotive Alliance (OAA). This cooperation was launched in early 2014 with the goal of integrating the Android platform and its apps into cars under the “Android Auto” banner. Initial results are already available in the form of services such as navigation via Google Maps and the streaming service Google Play Music.

Integration of CarPlay is also taking place through intensive dialog between the Audi development lab in Silicon Valley and Apple.

Customers will be able to choose at any time which of these platforms they wish to use in their cars.

More details on Apple's CarPlay can be found here.

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Audi Announces Plans to Integrate CarPlay Into Its Vehicles

Fukran John - June 29, 2014 at 4:03pm
Audi says they will integrate car play and android Auto and why heck headline says only car play ?
Fukscrawn John - June 29, 2014 at 4:31pm
It's because you can't understand Apple ecosystem because you never understood the 'simple' shit even by what things are called. Besides who names themselves fukran, FYI my name mocks you, that's why it's like that in case you wonder this.
Lolwut - June 28, 2014 at 3:10am
I'm more concerned of the picture. Signal strength?