Audi working on Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay systems

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Jul 11, 2014
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Audi has shared that it is now working on both Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay platforms for the multimedia interface of its vehicles in the future.

"Our customers want to be 'always on' and use the services they know from their smartphones in cars as well," said Audi board member for technical development Ulrich Hackenberg. "In this regard, we are working closely with leading companies like Google and Apple. In the future, customers will be able to use the functions available to them on their smartphones via the operating systems in their cars as well."

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Audi is the only premium carmaker--and a founding member--of Google's Open Automotive Alliance which seeks to integrate the Android platform and its apps under the Android Auto banner. Currently, services such as navigation via Google Maps and Google Play Music streaming are already available on Audi vehicles.

The German carmaker is also working on the integration of Apple's CarPlay system by having its development lab in Silicon Valley coordinate with Apple.

According to Audi, this close cooperation "enables optimum integration of the two most widespread smartphone platforms into the Audi multimedia interface," allowing its customers to choose at any time which platform they want to use in their cars.

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