If you look at how far the smartphone industry has come, it’s easy to say that the automotive sector has been lagging in terms of innovation. In the past few years, iPhones and Android devices have learned how to scan our faces for security, see in the dark, charge without cables, and, er, better document what we ate for lunch.
In the meantime, car models have become sleeker, a little roomier, and more expensive (*sigh*).
The technological disparity between smartphones and automobiles is apparent when it comes to connecting the two machines. Many people now don’t step on the throttle after starting the car, unless they’ve connected their iPhone or Galaxy devices and chosen an appropriate Spotify playlist. But it speaks volumes when some cars released in 2018, when connected directly via cable to an iPhone, still show Apple’s premier product as an ‘iPod’ on the infotainment display. When was the last time anyone bought an iPod? Do kids still know what it is?
Today the most common connection used between our handheld slabs of aluminum and our wheeled transports is Bluetooth—a techology invented in 1994. It can be a little fussy to ‘pair,’ and the audio quality is lacking (to maarte ears, anyway), but it does the job and can usually be used to make calls, too.
Now, the car industry is finally embracing how much we rely on our smartphones for everyday motoring, and vice versa. More new vehicles are sporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto—software embedded inside automotive audio systems that work seamlessly with most smartphones today.
We like the latter very much, and we think it’s the kind of connection we’ve been waiting for, although we admit there are still some bugs and niggles that could be improved on. But we want to know what you think. What’s your preferred method of connecting your mobile device to your car’s infotainment system?
Let’s all find out together where Philippine motorists stand on this topic.