What Is Apple CarPlay/Android Auto?

January 30th, 2018 by

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What are Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto? The smartphone app integration systems will enhance your Mercedes-Benz driving experience, since they:

  • Serve as a smarter, safer way to use your iPhone or Android phone in the car
  • Mimic your phone’s screen and app icons for easy use directly on your Mercedes-Benz COMAND® infotainment screen
  • Allow you to make calls, stream music, read text messages, and more without taking your eyes from the road or your hands from the wheel

Apple CarPlay™

This system, unique for iPhone users, connects your iPhone to your Mercedes-Benz GLS or any other Mercedes-Benz model. Some unique components of the Apple CarPlay™ system include:

  • The ability to use Siri, Apple’s intelligent personal assistant that can answer questions, find directions, send texts, and more, all with voice commands
  • Navigation via Apple Maps, which proves especially convenient since the program can predict where you’re headed based on emails, text messages, and calendars
  • Access to your iTunes library or your Apple Music membership
  • Various other apps, such as podcasts, audiobooks, Pandora, and more, arranged on the screen as you prefer

Apple CarPlay™ is compatible with the following iPhone models:

  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5

Android Auto

Android Auto smartphone app integration is offered on models like the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the new Mercedes-Benz GLE. It features:

  • Voice commands via Google Assistant by simply saying “Ok Google” or by pressing the voice control button on the steering wheel
  • Real-time traffic and directions via Google Maps
  • Connectivity with Google Assistant, as this function can place calls, read your messages aloud, and respond to texts
  • Entertainment via apps like Spotify, all managed by Google Assistant

To use Android Auto when you hit the road, all you have to do is download the Android Auto app and have it open when you’re driving, or plug your device into your vehicle with a USB cable.

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Browse the new Mercedes-Benz models on sale at Mercedes-Benz of Rockville Centre like the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class to experience Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto for yourself. Contact our team to schedule your visit!

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