Mazda Preparing To Introduce Apple CarPlay And Android Auto

Mazda has revealed that it will introduce Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to its lineup of vehicles but has failed to specify just when.

The automaker confirmed the news while speaking to Cars.com at the launch of the 2017 CX-5 and said that the new features will be retroactively upgradeable onto all current Mazda Connect systems with some minimal hardware changes.

Every new vehicle in the Mazda range offered the Connect system and the announcement means the firm will no longer be one of a handful of holdouts delaying the adoption of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to its vehicles.

Speaking about the upcoming upgrades, Mazda spokesperson Jacob Brown said “Mazda has been a CarPlay and Android Auto partner since 2014, so it is no secret that we are developing both systems to interface with our Mazda Connect infotainment system. Both software systems should be retroactively upgradable onto all Mazda Connect systems with a potentially minimal hardware addition needed. Mazda does not yet have an official timeline for when these should be available or at what cost, however.”

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  • WG

    They should have done this a couple, if not a few, years ago. Well at least Mazda is now ahead of the game compare to Toyota.

    • Bash

      that’s right

    • Nordschleife

      Maybe they were trying to get it to work with their current hardware since they’ve been partnered with them since 2014. They finally conceded which is probably why it will need a minimal hardware update.

  • BqWsRe

    Thank you, Mazda, for finally catching up to GM and a bunch of others. Only a few model years late…

  • Ilbirs

    For now, the best device I know is the one designed by the Brazilian headquarters of FCA that was premiered in the Fiat Mobi. It’s a thing called Live On:

    http://mobi.fiat.com.br/modules/destaques/data/desktop/fiat-live-on.jpg?v=0.0.1

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws1lOGWwsu0

    Instead of having an installed system that must manage both CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink, this is basically a docking station that has an USB port, a Bluetooth connection and inside it an AM/FM tuner. All the controls come from an app that can be downloaded in Google Play and Apple Store and you can use both the touchscreen and steering wheel located controls to manage all the functions. The apps used in some functions (navigation, online music and other ones) can be selected in the app interface and are used in a driver-friendly mode. The Live On also has some trip computer functions. So, as can be seen, this very basic car can have a multimedia system way better than the best one on market, depending on the gadget that is docked in it. If you change your phone to a better one, so does your car multimedia system. I guess that is even a good destination for that tablet with an screen up to 7-inch that is accumulating dust in your house.
    As its faceplate is the standard FCA design, I hope to see a Live On on other models of the group and also something like this in an aftermarket solution for owners of other brand cars, specially older ones.

  • Socarboy

    Kudos to Mazda for offering up light interiors. So sad with so many cars out there where the only choice is black

    • Harry_Wild

      Black interior are view as luxurious and they cover up dirt and stains better then light color materials. You never, ever want to get a tan, beige or grey leather interior because it hard to take care of! Most people don’t think of that until it their interior! LOL!

      • Yar Nunya

        You must live somewhere that does not get real Summer, black leather burninates the living crap out of your legs.

  • dumblikeyou2

    Ridic

  • trentbg

    Finally!!!

  • Craiggger

    meh, apple android auto aint that hot

  • Harry_Wild

    Mazda said in 2012 that they were going to offer 2.2 L diesel engine in the 2012 Mazda6 too!

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