These days, the vast majority of auto manufacturers have some sort of smartphone integration system in their vehicles in order to attract a more tech-savvy, connected consumer base. Now, Mazda – known in the industry for its commitment to high-tech innovation – is finally joining the ranks of many other brands by including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on the vehicles in its lineup. Connectivity software upgrades on Mazda vehicles should be available soon for Mazda owners everywhere.
While it seems like Mazda was a little slow on the uptake on this one, consider this: Mazda has been partnered with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto since 2014. With three years of smartphone integration research and testing under the brand’s belt, it seems that Mazda was committed to making the experience as streamlined and accessible as possible.
Mazda made the announcement that both systems will be coming to the lineup at the reveal of the all-new 2017 CX-5. There, representatives confirmed that all recent models bearing the Mazda Connect infotainment system will be compatible with the software, allowing Mazda owners to upgrade their vehicles at minimal expense.
There’s no word yet on when the connectivity software upgrades will roll out across Mazda models or which nameplates will get the software first. However, if you think you may be eligible for the upgrade, don’t hesitate to talk to us here at Hiley Mazda of Arlington.