Apple and Google aren’t satisfied just controlling your computer, smartphone and tablet. The two tech giants also want you using iOS and Android in the car. If that sounds like something you’d be interested in Audi has some good news, its first car models with support for Apple’s CarPlay and Android Auto will hit the market starting in 2015.
Audi was one of the first car-makers to join Google earlier this year with the launch of the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA). Now that Android Auto is official, the company has an edge integrating Google services into its vehicles. At the same time, Audi says it is working closely with Apple to bring CarPlay’s Siri-controlled software to future models as well.
Both CarPlay and Android Auto offer similar features, and the deciding factor for most consumers will simply be whether they use an iPhone or an Android device as their daily driver. If you’re not interested in buying a new car, Apple’s new operating system will also be available as a cheaper upgrade with Pioneer’s infotainment system. It’s unclear if Android Auto will be available as a similar update for existing cars.
Audi bills itself as one of the first luxury car-makers with access to CarPlay and Android Auto, but if you can’t wait until 2015 there are plenty of other options. Google said this week the first cars running its software should hit the market later this year, while the first CarPlay vehicles are also launching before the end of 2014.