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Apple CarPlay and Android Auto: what exactly is it?

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto devices have been featured on all car manufacturer advertisements for some time. Indeed, when we hear about standard or optional equipment, it's a safe bet that you will see Android Auto or Apple CarPlay pass.

So we talk about it a lot, but many consumers still do not know what it is exactly. Even when they eventually learn what we're talking about when we mention Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, it's not uncommon to wonder about the usefulness of these two technologies.

Don't all modern vehicles have Bluetooth devices to connect the mobile phone to the car? Why then use a device that appears on paper to perform the same functions?

The reality is that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto technologies have a lot more to offer than Bluetooth.

Better connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

The very simple advantage of Apple CarPlay is that it allows for better connectivity when we are in the car. In other words, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you get a seamless connection between your phone and the car. It's easier to make calls, safer to use text messaging, and we can even use our favorite apps in our vehicle.

For example, you will have easy access to Google Maps or your music player. So you can play your music without wires, or get navigation information without having to use a navigation system.

Then, it is easier to use the call and text messaging functions when you have Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. In addition, you can also use the SIRI and OK Google voice command functions.

Android Auto and / or Apple CarPlay systems are available in Nissan Altima, Nissan Kicks, Nissan LEAF, Nissan Maxima, Nissan Murano, Nissan Rogue and Nissan Micra models.