Apple and Google are getting ready to wage war over another screen, and this time it’s the one on your car dashboard. The first cars with support for Android Auto and CarPlay haven’t actually hit the market yet, but auto-makers are already pledging their support for one platform (or sometimes both). Now, eight more companies are lining up behind Apple CarPlay, including Mazda and the Fiat Chrysler Group.
Apple broke the news this week on its website, where a page devoted to CarPlay shows a full list of car-makers who’ve already partnered with Cupertino. The latest additions include Mazda, Jeep, Fiat, Dodge, Chrysler, Alfa Romeo, Abarth and RAM. The site also notes that while five early partners (Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo) should launch their first CarPlay models later this year, the rest of the pack isn’t expected to get onboard until 2015.
Thankfully, most car companies are backing both Apple and Google, and plan to offer support for your smartphone whether you prefer iOS or Android. Only Ferrari, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz are still holding out as CarPlay exclusives, while Google’s managed to convince a handful of companies to commit entirely to Android Auto as well. From what we’ve seen so far both new platforms look pretty cool, but we’d hate to see customers forced to give up their favorite smartphone just because it won’t sync up with their car.