Which two thousand sixteen Cars Have Android Auto?
October 01, 2016
CARS.COM — If you're among the millions who hanker the capability to seamlessly link your smartphone to your vehicle, many model-year two thousand sixteen vehicles can please that desire with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Android Auto permits users to control smartphone functions such as text messaging, navigation and music via their car's dashboard touch-screen, steering-wheel buttons and voice directives. The system is scheduled to become available on more than forty vehicles during the two thousand sixteen model year.
The operative word here is "scheduled" because some automakers said they would suggest these features earlier only to find that integrating a smartphone into a vehicle's audio system is no effortless task. On several vehicles, only one of the two systems will be available primarily, and the other is supposed to be added later in the model year. It is possible that one or both could be delayed.
These late-availability additions will be updated on two thousand sixteen cars already sold. Owners will be able to get the connectivity later either via an update they perform themselves or at the dealership.
For example, Ford says that later this year it will make a software update available for its Sync three infotainment system that will permit vehicle owners to use Android Auto and CarPlay.
On GM vehicles, those tooled with a 7-inch audio screen were supposed to have CarPlay and Android Auto from the commence of two thousand sixteen production. On models with an 8-inch screen, CarPlay was supposed to be installed from the commence of production, but Android Auto was to be added commencing with March two thousand sixteen production. On vehicles produced before then, software for Android Auto is supposed to be available through dealers in March.
Moreover, CarPlay and Android Auto may require specific audio systems and/or a built-in navigation system on some vehicles, so they won't be available on all trim levels.
Several automakers have indicated they will soon add CarPlay and Android Auto, so expect more models to get them during the course of the two thousand sixteen and two thousand seventeen model years. (The list below is accurate as of Feb. 1, 2016).
BMW, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep and Ram brands) and Toyota (Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands) do not presently suggest CarPlay or Android Auto in their two thousand sixteen models. Toyota is developing its own platform, SmartDeviceLink, that is an open-source version of Ford's AppLink. Unlike Ford, tho’, Toyota does not plan to add CarPlay or Android Auto capability. FCA announced compatibility is coming with the next generation of its multimedia system.
Android Auto is designed to run on smartphones using software version Five.0 or higher. The best treatment is to attempt Android Auto before you buy to ensure that it does at least some of what you want and to have realistic expectations that the plug-and-play promise might not be entirely fulfilled. Proceed below for a list of two thousand sixteen vehicles that suggest Android Auto.
2016 Vehicles Suggesting Android Auto
Cadillac (late availability)