Car Audio / Smart Phone Connections


A few years ago, Apple realized that drivers were being distracted by their iPhones. They set out to develop an interface that would allow the driver to keep his or her hands on the steering wheel and eyes on the road. Apple CarPlay uses the Siri voice recognition engine and software installed on your radio to understand voice commands. Google caught wind of this technology and created Android Auto to provide similar functionality from smartphones that run the Android operating system.


Apple CarPlay and Android Auto make it easy to answer incoming text messages, send short e-mails or make phone calls without having to scroll through your contacts or type on the screen. All you have to do is ask for what you want, and the system does the rest. You can listen to voice mail on your phone or hear your last SMS message from your best friend. Calling someone is just as easy. Thanks to the Internet connection on your smartphone, searching for restaurants, hotels, or gas stations is as easy as asking.

Both systems offer a variety of entertainment options. You can ask to listen to music on your phone by song title, artist name or album name. Streaming services like Apple Music, Google Play Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio and Tidal can provide endless entertainment options for your commute or road trip.


Part of driving safely is knowing where you are going. Android Auto and CarPlay both offer turn-by-turn, GPS-based navigation solutions that make driving safer and more efficient. Maps are stored in the cloud, meaning you never have to buy updates and always have the latest information available.

You can choose destinations from your phone or by asking the system to search for an address, business name or landmark. Real-time traffic flow and accident information are integrated into both systems, so your route will be as efficient as possible.


If you are interested in adding CarPlay or Android Auto to your vehicle, drop by or call. A member of our steam would be happy to explain how we can integrate a new multimedia receiver from Alpine, Pioneer, or JVC into your vehicle. We will explain what components are required to complete the installation and let you know what options are available. Many of our clients choose to add a backup camera or satellite radio receiver as options. All of our installations are performed on-site by our team of expert technicians using the best practices in the industry.