How Subaru Helps Drivers Stay Connected with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Cars take a long time to develop -- years longer than personal technology products. So, by the time you invest in a new Subaru, smartphone technology is already lightyears past anything a infotainment system can do. Subaru bridges the gap by offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with its updated SUBARU STARLINK™ Multimedia system. These features bring smartphone capabilities directly into the dashboard screen of your vehicle, allowing you to enjoy the very latest in smartphone apps while driving the very latest in Subaru safety, capability, and reliability.

How does Apple CarPlay work?

Apple CarPlay is a connectivity solution that projects a similar iOS interface to your Subaru's infotainment system. You need to have your iPhone with you in order to use Apple CarPlay. When you plus your iPhone into your car, you can access many of the features and apps of your iPhone via your car's dashboard screen without having to fumble around for your phone. Your car can now access your iPhone's phone and message services, Apple Maps, and iTunes music, as well as third-party apps like Pandora and iHeartRadio. Only an iPhone 5 or newer devices are compatible for Apple CarPlay.

How does Android Auto work?

The Android Auto system provides a similar solution for smartphone owners. It's the counterpart to Apple CarPlay, and it projects Android apps onto the car's display when your phone is connected to the car via USB. Android Auto provides access to apps such as Google Maps, Google Play Music, and Google Now. You can also initiate searched using "OK Google" commands for hands-tree access. Third-party apps are also accessible.

Which Subaru Vehicles offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?

We invite Killeen, Temple, Copperas Cove, Fort Hood, and Harker Heights area drivers to test drive an equipped Subaru here at Cleo Bay Subaru. Currently, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are only available on the Subaru Impreza. You can soon enjoy smartphone app integration on the upcoming Subaru Legacy

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