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    • On my recent trip to Kauai I had a 2019 Chevrolet Malibu...not bad but I really like Nissan Altima's for their great gas mileage and personal familiarity. I have never used Android Auto before and this Malibu had the ability. In the last year or so I have been pretty impressed with Google Maps and it's ability to mostly (95%+) provide accurate directions.

      So, I downloaded the Android Auto app to my phone and gave it a whirl. I really did not like it. It would chime me and say "head east..." instead of turn around you idiot and go the right direction. When I am driving in a new area I typically have no idea where east or north is. On my phone it is very clear on what I am supposed to do but I got extremely frustrated using Android Auto and uninstalled the app and just connected via BT for music and audio map instructions.

      I am hoping that maybe the Android Auto experience might be different with different cars or is that the standard behavior? For you fruity types...does Apple CarPlay act differently using Google Maps than your phone? (btw...the fruity reference is meant to be a bad pun with a fruit connotation...)

    • When were thinking of buying a car, finding out the specific model we were looking at had Apple CarPlay was what tipped the scales in the end. We were getting a base model Hyundai Santa Fe without GPS or any of the other bells and whistles. In the end navigation was the only feature we wanted in the next tier up so this made the base model sufficient for our needs.

      So far my vision for how I would use CarPlay has been everything I hoped it would be. Turn by turn navigation (now with Google maps but Apple maps was fine too) is really great on the screen. Though I am used to GPS giving very dumb instructions I use them as a reference rather than a source of truth and it's never been an issue. Having text messages read aloud and then dictating a response hands free has been great.

      Our version of CarPlay requires a cable which is honestly the only drawback. Newer car models can do it without having to plug in any wires which is even better.

      Overall I am sold on the idea of having your phone serve as a replacement for cars' rarely if ever updated media and GPS offerings. Voting two hands in favor of this technology.

    • In the past I would turn on directions on my phone and then stick the phone to the dashboard so I could hear though the speakers where I needed to turn and could get a visual idea of where I was going via the phone screen.

      What Carplay did was make it so my phone could be anywhere in the car attached to the cable and the same screen would show up on the media screen on the dashboard. Carplay is essentially just mirroring your phone's screen except the location where you look changes from the phone itself to the car's screen.

    • Ok, yes, I do the same thing now...but, Android Auto looked different and acted different than on my phone....I also had to plugin in my phone for the Android Auto to work....I wonder if AA is different than CP....I mean two different ecosystems so I would assume it is....but, AA was a letdown.

    • I never used Android Auto but found this idea interesting, although I see it's just a simple mirroring of phone's screen that seems to do less of a job than Google maps aspect does, imho. Although I am reading more and more places manufacturers of vehicles offering this quasi navigation option (i.e. navigate if you bring your phone ;) I am a heavy user of GPS ever since Garmin V was first available, and for any serious trip would always bring one with me. I used to schlep a huge Garmin 2610 everywhere and had it mounted on the motorcycle as well. That thing was so large, that somewhere in Montana at a gas station an older gentleman asked me if I was watching TV on my motorcycle. I love my Montana 600 on the bike as well as in cars, since it's very portable.

      Recently, since I got a decent Android phone now, I use it allot in the old '02 Subaru WRX, which has none of the modern bluetooth accoutrements but has a great speaker system and a cassette and FM radio. The phone attaches to the windshield with a Garmin RAM suction cup, a short Ram arm and an X-grip holder. Since my eyesight isn't that great anymore using small screens without reading glasses, what I found very convenient is a bluetooth to FM radio transmitter that plugs in the cigarette lighter adapter and also provides recharging if needed.

      With this I can listen to perfect quality and strong Spotify music or anything else for that matter, through the car's radio tuned to the FM station on the device above, while at the same time receiving voice directions from Google maps (it fades music when it needs to speak, and then restores music volume). The only thing I glance at the phone for is the number of miles or hundreds of feet before next turn, but that is announced as well over audio so I am all set. This also enables me to speak hands free and hear the conversation in the car's speakers. This "kit" is very portable so it can be used in any rental vehicle too.