Mazda has recently announced that it will be adding both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support to its cars. Many other manufacturers, such as Honda, Volkswagen, Ford, Chevrolet, just to name a few, have been producing cars for a while with such capabilities on their infotainment systems, so Mazda is relatively late to the party.
The announcement was made at a launch event for the 2017 Mazda CX-5, and the only info other than the headline which was given is that once the capabilities are available on at least one new model, they will make their way to older models with the same Mazda Connect system with a “minimal hardware addition”, as stated by Mazda Spokesperson, Jacob Brown to Cars.com:
“It should be retroactively upgradeable onto all Mazda Connect systems with a potentially minimal hardware addition needed”
No info was given on exactly which model will get these capabilities first, as well as on when the roll out for older vehicle will become available.
Nonetheless, it is exciting to see more manufacturers hopping on board for smartphone-mirrored infotainment capabilities in their cars.