Mazda joins the growing number of automotive brands that have decided to add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality to their vehicle lineup. Mazda announced last week that the smartphone technology won’t just be for newer model Mazda’s, either. Thanks to Mazda Connect, most Mazda vehicles from 2014 and later will be able to receive the update in the future!
Mazda’s hasn’t released specifics — like how much it would cost to upgrade your Mazda with the new hardware. They also haven’t specified which new vehicle would house the technology first. However, Mazda did make the announcement on the heels of the 2017 CX-5 launch, which likely means the redesigned SUV will lead the charge.
Over the last year, many automakers have chosen to add the two technologies to their vehicles. It’s a decision that makes sense in a world where connectivity is becoming increasingly important for consumers.
Mazda’s official statement: “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 into 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.”