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Apple CarPlay and Android Auto coming to Mazda vehiclesby Ben Hsu
The Mazda6 is the first model to receive the connectivity features, starting this summer.
Mazda has announced that it will offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on its vehicles starting later this year.
The long-awaited move finally addresses the lack of smartphone connectivity in Mazdas, one of the biggest hurdles in attracting new buyers in today's connected age. Mazda was announced as a CarPlay partner three years ago. The system displays and interfaces smartphone apps through the car's infotainment screen.
Mazda said on Wednesday at the New York International Auto Show that the first model to receive will be the 2018 Mazda6. CarPlay and Android Auto equipped models will arrive in showrooms this summer, and then propagate to other models. We have seen other technologies, such as G-Vectoring Control, start in the flagship sedan before appearing on the Mazda3 and, as announced in New York as well, the CX-3. However, a press release on Mazda Canada's website seems to contradict the statement, saying that these smartphone technologies will first appear on the 2019 CX-9.
If you simply cannot wait to purchase a new Mazda with smartphone mirroring, worry not. They can be retrofitted to Mazdas equipped with Mazda Connect infotainment systems. Mazda Connect was introduced in 2014, but it's not clear how far back the retrofit capability goes.