The results of last week’s poll make it clear that Android Auto is the car software of choice for drivers. Google’s solution received more than 50% of the vote, with Apple CarPlay coming in a distant second with just over 17%.
Android Auto and CarPlay are important considerations when buying a new vehicle. This is no surprise as both systems offer more application choice than the built-in application on most vehicle infotainment systems. They also offer a smooth and modern experience, but there is always a question as to how long your phone will be supported. More than a quarter of voters are confident they can continue driving without Google or Apple taking their dashboards.
There is close competition when it comes to options in the data networking market, with 38% of voters satisfied with Apple’s CarPlay and Android duopoly, while more than 34% are open to trying different approaches from other companies.
We’ve seen Meizu and its Flame Auto brands and Huawei’s Harmonios take some steps, but they’re still a long way from catching up with Apple and Google’s consumer devices. Perhaps, GM’s new in-vehicle infotainment system, which will debut on the 2024 Chevy Blazer EV, could change things around, but as it stands, Apple and Google are still the preferred in-car infotainment systems for many.