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Your pre-owned vehicle can feature outstanding technology – if you know where to look

What can I do with a car’s infotainment system? 

The biggest addition to the automotive world in the last 10 years has been smartphone-compatible infotainment systems. There are few technologies that have progressed as quickly as what is found with mobile devices. Integrating that technology into a vehicle’s multimedia capability has been nothing short of a game-changer. Just about every automaker operating in the United States offers this capability in one form or another. Additionally, each automaker has different features and functions that can be available. However, our team of product experts working at Carizma Motors thought it would be helpful to explain some of the broadly available things access to Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ can do. Let’s take a closer look. 

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Which models have a smartphone-compatible infotainment system? 

If someone is interested in finding a pre-owned vehicle with this technology, they will want to start with something in the 2010 and later range. This is where it first started showing up. The closer Carizma Motors customers get to the current model year, the easier it will be to find this technology.  

For the most part, employing Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™ will turn the vehicle’s touchscreen into a mirror image of the compatible phone. Drivers and passengers will be able to use most, if not all, of their favorite applications. That means keeping up with your favorite podcasts, audiobooks and music streaming services. 

Additionally, some vehicles may provide access to Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™ but not a native navigation system. Both suites of apps will offer access to Google Maps, one of today’s most popular and trusted navigation applications. If you want to use different software, like Waze, that will be an option as well. Finally, using these suites will allow drivers to make and receive calls as well as respond to texts without potentially running afoul of local distracted driving laws.  

If you want to start looking for a pre-owned vehicle that offers this capability, make an appointment with a Carizma Motors product expert today.