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Android Automotive Cars Get CarPlay Support Because Really Why Not

CarPlay has become a must-have feature on modern cars, and according to Apple itself, many buyers in the U.S. don’t even think of buying a new vehicle that doesn’t come with such capabilities.
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The iPhone maker revealed at WWDC this year that no more, no less than 79 percent of the new-car buyers in the U.S. want CarPlay, and unless the vehicle they are interested in comes with this feature, they are ready to give up on the purchase.

It’s therefore pretty clear that CarPlay is slowly but surely becoming an integral part of the driving experience, and as it turns out, Polestar knows this very well.

The company announced this week that the latest over-the-air update for the Polestar 2 is bringing CarPlay support to its EVs, therefore making it possible for drivers to connect their iPhones and get a car-optimized experience on the large display in the cabin.

Of course, a carmaker bringing CarPlay to its new models isn’t necessarily surprising, but in the case of Polestar, this announcement is as unexpected as possible.

Polestar is one of the companies that spearheaded the adoption of Android Automotive, a fully-featured Android-based operating system built by Google specifically for cars. As compared to Android Auto and CarPlay, which require a smartphone to project the UI to the display in the cabin, Android Automotive is pre-loaded with the vehicle from the factory.

Furthermore, Android Automotive comes with deeper integration in the car, so it can access functions like the seat settings and the climate controls.

However, it’s very clear that Polestar wants to provide its drivers with more choices, so if Android Automotive isn’t necessarily everybody’s cup of tea, the support for CarPlay is there waiting for an iPhone to be plugged in.

The new Polestar update can be installed over the air, but the company says that anyone can just go to the closest dealership to have it deployed by the staff.


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