As more and more drivers take to the road with their phones in hand, the chances having an accident due to a distracted driver increase as well. Both Apple and Google are well aware that people talking on their cellular phones are one of the key contributors to driver distraction. Adrenaline Autosound in Clayton, NC, can help you communicate safely while behind the wheel by using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. This article explains some of the many features and functions built into these communication solutions.
Talking and Texting
Both CarPlay and Android Auto use the voice recognition features built into their respective cellphones to perform functions. All you need to do is press a button on the radio or the steering wheel, wait for a beep, then ask for what you want from a list of functions. There is no need to scroll through menus and, subsequently, much less time with your eyes off the road.
With either system, you can make a phone call by asking the system to dial a phone number or call someone from your contact list. If you don’t specific a home, office or cellular number, the interface will ask you which one you want to use. If you want to send a text message, the process is the same. Simply say, “Send a text message to Dave.” The system will respond by asking you what you want to say. Once you have dictated the message, it will read it back to you, and then ask if you want to send it. It’s not only easy to use, but very intuitive.
While more and more vehicles have GPS-based navigation systems built in, the accuracy of these systems is at the mercy of the map information stored within the radio. CarPlay and Android Auto offer turn-by-turn navigation directions with full text-to-speech functionality for street names. To get directions to a destination, all you have to do is ask for an address or the name of a business. Your phone will search the Internet for the address, and then the navigation system will plan a route. The real beauty of Apple Maps and Google Maps is their ability to take real-time traffic flow information into account to plan a safe and efficient route.
If you have music on your phone, then you can access it by just asking. Say “Play Lorde, ” and your phone will serve up any tracks that list Lorde as the artist. If you don’t have the music you want to hear on your phone, Apple Music or Google Play can help serve up something over the Internet.
Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support many other applications. You can control streaming services like Spotify or Stitcher. Audiobooks are another popular entertainment solution. Both Apple and Android are always looking for additional features and functions to add to their systems.
Apple CarPlay Source Unit Solutions
Adrenaline Audio offers aftermarket multimedia receivers from Kenwood, Pioneer and Alpine that have Apple CarPlay built in. Android Auto is available from Kenwood and Pioneer.
If you are interested in having a way to stay in touch with family, friends or co-workers while behind the wheel, drop by our store. A member of our staff would be happy to inspect your vehicle to see if it is compatible with an aftermarket solution. You can also reach us HERE using our contact form for more information.