Apple and Google are rapidly opening a new front in the on-going tech wars, as the two giants move out of your pocket and into your car. For Apple, it's using its CarPlay system, while Google will offer its newly unveiled Android Auto operating system.

While these two both offer their own distinct aesthetics, the overall function is the same. You'll plug your phone into the car via USB, and then all of the functions from your overpriced slab of aluminum, glass, plastic and silicon will be automagically added to your car's infotainment display.

Bloomberg TV has an excellent video on the two competing systems that explains why these two titans of technology are so keen on expanding into the dashboard, and what it means for you, the average motorist.

Scroll down for the video, and then be sure to register your opinion in our unofficial poll.




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      Mike M
      • 5 Months Ago
      Would I rather have Google maps or Apple maps..... an easy choice.
      pdwid
      • 5 Months Ago
      The poll should have had an option for "neither". As it is, it's not really a poll, but a popularity contest.
        yonomo200
        • 5 Months Ago
        @pdwid
        Yes, this!
        jz78817
        • 5 Months Ago
        @pdwid
        no kidding. I don't want anything in my car that's tied to a specific brand of mobile device. Make it platform-agnostic or else you can keep it.
        Luc K
        • 5 Months Ago
        @pdwid
        Yes and I'd like to see option for 'all systems'. Isn't it ridiculous if you buy a car and it only supports one proprietary system? Why not create some standard that will work with any phone? It's not rocket science to create that. They all share common features.
          Edward351
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Luc K
          No, plotting intercept vectors and calculating escape velocities is much simpler than getting competing corporations to agree on an interoperable communication and interface standard. To do that, a company needs to provide the interface and make it dead simple to implement/use, make it feature rich, and make it extremely affordable to get pickup. Its not a technical problem, its a presence problem. Automakers would be better off creating a car interface standard, something like ODB-II but for the consumer level, and making it free to use. Then you would see tons of people providing support for that.
          JaylanPHNX
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Luc K
          That's why I voted for Google, because they're the company most likely to support both ios and Android. Google's services can be found on iPhone. Apple has a bad history of making everything proprietary.
          hokkaido76
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Luc K
          " Why not create some standard that will work with any phone? It's not rocket science to create that. They all share common features." Good luck getting apple to go along with that......lol
          yonomo200
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Luc K
          I want to use my iPhone and iPad etc. But yes, choice is good. I want to be able to switch if I should choose to do so. I do not want to be stuck with a car that only works with one platform.
      jtav2002
      • 5 Months Ago
      So let me guess Apple fanboys will say Apple and that it's better, and Android the same. Having ran both types, I'm really not sure what I'd prefer. I prefer Android and it's flexibility and more customizable features, however I prefer the reliability of iOS, as much as I hate to admit it. My iphone5 never so much as had a hiccup in the time I had it. Every Android phone I've had as inevitably shit the bed regardless of brand. Currently using an HTC One M8 though.
      FrosenCarrotz
      • 5 Months Ago
      I want an option in the poll that says "I don't care, I just want my shit to work well."
        Tommaso de Masi
        • 5 Months Ago
        @FrosenCarrotz
        That's "Apple"
          CJ Arnold
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Tommaso de Masi
          I always get a kick out of the belief that Apple stuff just works. I'm the tech support member of the family so I get all the calls when anyone has an issue. One of my sisters calls more than the rest. She had a windows laptop for years and always called about issues she had with her "PC". He PC can't connect to wifi, it was hacked, it would open her webstire, or it wouldn't open up a program she needed. She moved to Mac and the various iDevices several years ago. I still get the same amount of calls and similar problems but now she never blames the Mac or phone for the problem. It's always some app/program, wifi router, web site or gmail that's the problem. Funny thing is are generally the same issues she had with the PC. She's just trained like a monkey by Apple to believe that Macs just work and PC always have problems.
          Michael
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Tommaso de Masi
          That's funny, but true.
      boo
      • 5 Months Ago
      High Level - Apple is about control , Google is about choice.
        RedHotFuzz
        • 5 Months Ago
        @boo
        Can't believe you believe that bullcrap Google is shoveling. Google doesn't care about choice. Google cares about tracking every move you make so it can sell targeted advertising. The end.
          LukkyStrike
          • 5 Months Ago
          @RedHotFuzz
          and apple is interested in selling you something that costs 2x what it is worth because your friends have it. (think why someone needs a 5k purse) you think that Apple does not make money off of you after you buy your device???
        skoobey
        • 5 Months Ago
        @boo
        About choice, huh? No, it's a bout money. Advertised search results are the best example. You get to choose from what Google has been paid to choose for you.
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 5 Months Ago
      I prefer to have an aux jack or bluetooth streaming and old school knobs and buttons.
      brian peters
      • 5 Months Ago
      I welcome this. As the owner of a Ford with "my Ford touch" I'm frustrated as can be about some of its limitations. For instance I should be able to send directions to the car via the internet but instead I have to use Ford's ap that dials up to a server somewhere and then doesn't download the directions. Also I have WiFi hardware in the car but can not connect to my home network or use it to create a mobile hot spot. Let companies that know how to code handle the system and let the auto manufacturers concentrate on the hardware.
      Niels Marienlund
      • 5 Months Ago
      Call me old-fashioned, but I don't want any tech company battling over my car, nor do I really wish to have any unnecessary tech in my car. Today's cars are computers on wheels and are becoming less and less appealing by the day.
        FRENZIED
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Niels Marienlund
        Agreed. I just want a car! I don't need navigation, don't need a phone in there, just a car.
      Mike J
      • 5 Months Ago
      Google Maps
      sloanm101
      • 5 Months Ago
      Is the "overpriced slab" necessary?
      thatguy88
      • 5 Months Ago
      Where's the choice for "all of them"? It doesn't matter about corporate tie-ins. If the companies gave a damn about the customer, they would let us choose when the car is rightfully ours. BTW, I probably wouldn't use any of these systems, as I see no real world need while I'm driving.
      KMc Eng
      • 5 Months Ago
      Honestly not sure, good pros and cons to both. But choice (D) -All would be nice.
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