android auto

Are there third party add-ons for my car to integrate my mobile device?

Accele RVCLPMBS Backup Camera

Episode 1700

Andy from Mizzoula, MT

Andy has a 2004 Chevy Truck and wants to know if he can get aftermarket add ons for Bluetooth, GPS, and a backup camera. He'd also like to install sensors to collision detection. Leo says he isn't sure about the last one, but a new head unit (stereo) that supports Apple Carplay or Android Auto can do most of the things that Andy wants, and it connects to your phone to do just about all that.  And most units can do both. There are third party backup cameras as well that you can then install into the headend.

Sam Abuelsamid and the Cognitive Load

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1680

Sam joins Leo to talk about a study by IAmRoadsmart, which studied the use of touch screens in modern cars. They wanted to see driver reaction times using smartphone projection systems like Apple Carplay and Android Auto. The study found that drivers' reaction time was greatly diminished, even while using voice commands. In fact, the cognitive load produced a reaction time was worse than driving drunk or while high. 12-21% vs. 27-53% for Android Auto/Carplay. The evidence is clear that using a touchscreen in your car has significantly more dangerous than driving under the influence.

Sam Abuelsamid ... Collected

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1643

There has been a question lately if Google and Apple collected data from a smart connected car. Sam says that to date, they don't, other than the location history from your phone unless you turn it off. Also, if you connect your phone to the car, your car GPS is more accurate than your phone, and depending on the manufacturer, that car may provide location data to your maps app.

How can I use my Android phone with Apple CarPlay?

Apple CarPlay

Episode 1629

Doctor Bird from California

Doctor Bird just bought a brand new Toyota Rav 4, but it only comes with Apple Carplay. How can he get his Android phone to connect and get recognized for navigation? Leo says that is a bad trend, and Sam says that most car makers are making players that will support both. Sam says that if you're ordering a 2019 model, it should support Android Auto as well. If it doesn't, an over the air software update should fix it. The dealer may also be able to reflash the system to give Android Auto support. Also, Android Auto is separate from in-vehicle navigation.

How Can I Use My Smartphone with My Ford Sync?

Android Auto

Episode 1618

Richard (Old Chef Guy) from Sonoma, CA

Richard has the same issue with an older version of Ford Sync and his smartphone. Leo says he can replace the head unit, but it would end up losing some features. He just found out about a new Android Auto stand-alone unit that is being made by Sony. It's called the Sony Carplay Receiver. $600 and launching in December. Or, he could upgrade to Ford Sync 3 for $1500 and it'll have it. 

Sam Abuelsamid ... Working Overnight

Sam

Episode 1583

Sam joins Rich to talk about music factor interfaces for Android Auto and Apple Carplay. Rich got Apple Carplay updated in his car overnight and was thrilled. Sam says that Carplay and Android Auto are the best factory-based music systems.  Rich said he had a check engine light go on in his car and he got an email from OnStar telling him what was wrong. Sam says that telemetry data is one of the cool things about the connected car experience, and it can even be predictive, where it warns you of a pending failure before it happens.

Can I change my car phone system to Android Auto?

Car interior

Episode 1565

Joe from Looking Glass, OR

Joe's HTC smartphone finally died, and he's looking to upgrade the phone in his car to an Android system. Can he do that? Leo says that he probably can, as the screen mirrors the phone through the head unit. But there are a lot of limitations. Leo says that he'll need an Android Auto head end and he'll have to connect to it via USB, and it won't charge his phone either.

Why can't I cast my phone's map app to my car's LCD screen?

Ford Fusion Energi

Episode 1507

Richard (The Old Chef Guy) from California

Richard bought a new 2015 Ford Fusion Energi car and he's trying to use his Google Pixel 2 with it. It's having issues showing up in the dash. Leo says that Android Auto is what many of the new cars use. His Ford with SYNC2 may not support that, however. The Pixel 2 has a Type-C port and he can use audio out. But Video may be an issue. It wouldn't be an unusual thing for the manufacturer to omit video from the Type-C connector.