Encouraging news regarding Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

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Cars.com photo by Evan Sears of Apple CarPlay being demonstrated on a Chevrolet Spark

Well, here’s hoping that Mazda will very soon follow through with their recent (3/13/2017) promise of including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support (it’s already part of a Chinese Mazda model’s Infotainment system) in a new system update, and that Fiat will follow suit.  Here is Mazda’s full statement:

Mazda has been a CarPlay and Android Auto partner since 2014, so it is no secret that we are developing both systems to interface with our Mazda Connect Infotainment system. Both software systems should be retroactively upgradable onto all Mazda Connect systems with a potentially minimal hardware addition needed. Mazda does not yet have an official timeline for when these should be available or at what cost, however.

Mark Booth added in the Mazda forum on 3/15/2017:

I just learned that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto were originally projected to be ready in time to be included in the new 2017 CX-5. Mazda missed that release window but it can’t be that far off if the new CX-5 was the original goal.

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2 thoughts on “Encouraging news regarding Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

  1. Nothing new after 4 months? Rats! I had CarPlay in my last car and really liked it. Would’ve been nice. Still, it’s summer and in the Abarth the top comes down and she makes a wonderful sound going around corners… CarPlay isn’t all that important.

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